H5Pset_buffer sets type conversion and background buffers. status to TRUE or FALSE.
Given a dataset transfer property list, H5Pset_buffer sets the maximum size for the type conversion buffer and background buffer and optionally supplies pointers to application-allocated buffers. If the buffer size is smaller than the entire amount of data being transferred between the application and the file, and a type conversion buffer or background buffer is required, then strip mining will be used.
Note that there are minimum size requirements for the buffer. Strip mining can only break the data up along the first dimension, so the buffer must be large enough to accommodate a complete slice that encompasses all of the remaining dimensions. For example, when strip mining a 100x200x300 hyperslab of a simple data space, the buffer must be large enough to hold 1x200x300 data elements. When strip mining a 100x200x300x150 hyperslab of a simple data space, the buffer must be large enough to hold 1x200x300x150 data elements.
If tconv and/or bkg are null pointers, then buffers will be allocated and freed during the data transfer.