A software interface standard for transferring video processing from a PC’s CPU to the video adapter. The standard was first developed by Intel and called the Display Control Interface (DCI) and is now supported by Microsoft with the name DirectDraw as a registered trademark.
When the CPU is not busy, the Windows Graphics Display Interface (GDI) updates the video display. If the CPU is busy, the DCI driver allows an application to send update information directly to the video adapter. DirectDraw can also provide applications such as games direct access to features of particular display devices.
Intended for computer game development, Microsoft DirectPlay is a media-independent networking API that provides networking services at the transport protocol and session protocol levels. *DirectPlay’s media independence means that DirectPlay sessions can be run on TCP/IP networks, IPX networks, and over directly connected modems and serial cables. DirectPlay’s media independence also allows it to be […]
A set of APIs developed by Microsoft that enables programmers to write programs that access hardware features of a computer without knowing exactly what hardware will be installed on the machine where the program eventually runs. DirectX achieves this by creating an intermediate layer that translates generic hardware commands into specific commands for particular pieces […]
- Direct Access File System (DAFS)
Direct Access File System (DAFS) is a file-access sharing protocol that uses memory-to-memory interconnect architectures, such as VI and InfiniBand. DAFS is designed for storage area networks (SANs) to provide bulk data transfer directly between the application buffers of two machines without having to packetize the data. With DAFS an application can transfer data to […]
- Direct Web Remoting (DWR)
A simple hyperdata browser used to navigate the Semantic Web as an unbound set of data sources, such as static RDF files somewhere on the Web or RDF graphs. The browser renders all information about a specific resource as an HTML page, enabling users to visit the linked data (hyperdata) of resources. Disco is a […]