Burst mode (computing)

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Burst mode (alternatively burst-mode) is a generic electronics term referring to any situation in which a device is transmitting data repeatedly without going through all the steps required to transmit each piece of data in a separate transaction. The usual reason for having a burst mode capability, or using burst mode, is to increase data throughput.[1] The steps left out while performing a burst mode transaction may include A: waiting for input from another device; B: waiting for an internal process to terminate before continuing the transfer of data; or C: transmitting information which would be required for a complete transaction, but which is inherent in the use of burst mode.[2]

In the case of DMA, the DMA controller and the device are given exclusive access to the bus without interruption; the CPU is also freed from handling device interrupts.

The actual manner in which burst modes work varies from one type of device to another; however, devices which have some sort of standard burst mode include:

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  1. ^ PCI Local Bus Specification Revision 2.2. Hillsboro, Oregon: PCI Special Interest Group. December 18, 1998. p. 82. 
  2. ^ PCI Local Bus Specification Revision 2.2. Hillsboro, Oregon: PCI Special Interest Group. December 18, 1998. p. 29.