Data sharing makes it possible to have multiple applications open the same network stream.
When multiple applications open the same network stream they share the underlying host buffer, however, each application still has its own entity indicating where it is in the host buffer.
Data sharing makes it possible for multiple applications to work on overlapping data. For example, application 1 wants to get all IP frames and application 2 wants all TCP frames – meaning that all TCP frames go to both applications but all other IP frames only go to application 1. This is possible by using the packet-based interface. In Napatech Software Suite, both applications see all packets and application 2 must do some post-filtering to only get TCP frames.
It is however possible to configure a host buffer allowance in the NT_NetRxOpen function (see DN-0449), which enables different applications to share host buffers in such a way that a slow application does not occupy all of the host buffers and thereby causes a faster application to lose packets. The NT_NetRxOpen function is defined in the stream_net.h file.