["STREAM: A Scheme Language for Formally Describing Digital Circuits", C.D. Kloos in PARLE: Parallel Architectures and Languages Europe, LNCS 259, Springer 1987].

(01 Jan 1995)

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1. <communications> An abstraction referring to any flow of data from a source (or sender, producer) to a single sink (or receiver, consumer). A stream usually flows through a channel of some kind, as opposed to packets which may be addressed and routed independently, possibly to multiple recipients. Streams usually require some mechanism for establishing a channel or a "connection" between the sender and receiver.

2. <computer programming> In the C language's buffered input/ouput library functions, a stream is associated with a file or device which has been opened using fopen. Characters may be read from (written to) a stream without knowing their actual source (destination) and buffering is provided transparently by the library routines.

3. <operating system> Confusingly, Sun have called their modular device driver mechanism "STREAMS".

4. <operating system> In IBM's AIX operating system, a stream is a full-duplex processing and data transfer path between a driver in kernel space and a process in user space.

[IBM AIX 3.2 Communication Programming Concepts, SC23-2206-03].

5. <communications> streaming.

6. <computer programming> lazy list.

(01 Feb 1996)

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To send forth in a current or stream; to cause to flow; to pour; as, his eyes streamed tears. "It may so please that she at length will stream Some dew of grace into my withered heart." (Spenser)

2. To mark with colours or embroidery in long tracts. "The herald's mantle is streamed with gold." (Bacon)

3. To unfurl. To stream the buoy.

See Buoy.

1. To issue or flow in a stream; to flow freely or in a current, as a fluid or whatever is likened to fluids; as, tears streamed from her eyes. "Beneath those banks where rivers stream." (Milton)

2. To pour out, or emit, a stream or streams. "A thousand suns will stream on thee." (Tennyson)

3. To issue in a stream of light; to radiate.

4. To extend; to stretch out with a wavy motion; to float in the wind; as, a flag streams in the wind.

Origin: Streamed; Streaming.

(01 Mar 1998)

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