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Posted 27 May 2005 - 11:40 AM

I'm Stuck, what it is a buffer and what is a spooler
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Posted 27 May 2005 - 11:49 AM

Buffers
- Another technique of improving system performance.
- Since peripherals operate a slower speeds than the CPU, the buffer helps the CPU compensate for the differences in operating speed.
- The CPU can transfer print data to the printer buffer (not storing it in it's own memory) so the processor can get on with other tasks.
- The buffer is used to collect and store data from a slow transmitting device (e.g. a keyboard) and hold the data there until a sufficient quantity is build up to be passed onto the processor.

Spolling
- Best example for this is the PRINTER
- It is a technique used to transfer data from the processor (CPU) to a slower peripheral). This allows the CPU to get on with it's own tasks.
- Again, like the buffer it is another method of improving system performance.

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Posted 27 May 2005 - 11:56 AM

QUOTE($D$2 @ May 27 2005, 12:49 PM)
Buffers
- Another technique of improving system performance.
- Since peripherals operate a slower speeds than the CPU, the buffer helps the CPU compensate for the differences in operating speed.
- The CPU can transfer print data to the printer buffer (not storing it in it's own memory) so the processor can get on with other tasks.
- The buffer is used to collect and store data from a slow transmitting device (e.g. a keyboard) and hold the data there until a sufficient quantity is build up to be passed onto the processor.

Spolling
- Best example for this is the PRINTER
- It is a technique used to transfer data from the processor (CPU) to a slower peripheral).  This allows the CPU to get on with it's own tasks.
- Again, like the buffer it is another method of improving system performance.

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- Frank Frame & John Mason
- Buy at Amazon.co.uk.

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Posted 27 May 2005 - 12:14 PM

QUOTE($D$2 @ May 27 2005, 11:49 AM)

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Posted 27 May 2005 - 12:35 PM

Would also add that when spooling, data is normally stored in the hard disk untill the printer requests the data.
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Posted 27 May 2005 - 01:04 PM

Yea, I was going to say that spooling is the temporary storage of input or output data when a peripheral is shared across a network.

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 12:24 PM

I still don't really understand the difference, could someone help please?

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 12:30 PM

I think all you really need to remember is that: -

•A buffer is memory used to store data in transit between a peripheral and the CPU

Spooling is where data is stored on disk to compensate between the difference in speeds between the processor and the peripheral - so if you're printing something, rather than sending the information to a buffer to deal with it all at once, the data is stored on the hard disc for printing a few seconds later. The way i think of it is that this is why you are able to print say a 10 page document, but close the window and go on to do something else, where is this stored? it's stored on the hard disc - being spooled. Maybe this final definition in italics is wrong, but it's an easy way to remember the correct definition?




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Posted 29 May 2005 - 12:32 PM

That helped, thanks!

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 01:51 PM

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