Boost
Search…
HTTP Transfer limit
This page covers all the configuration related to http transfer limiter in boost
Boost provides a capability to limit the number of simultaneous http transfer in progress to download the deal data from the clients.
This new configuration has been introduced in the ConfigVersion = 3 of the boost configuration file.

# The maximum number of concurrent storage deal HTTP downloads.
# Note that this is a soft maximum; if some downloads stall,
# more downloads are allowed to start.
#
# type: uint64
# env var: LOTUS_DEALMAKING_HTTPTRANSFERMAXCONCURRENTDOWNLOADS
#HttpTransferMaxConcurrentDownloads = 20
# The period between checking if downloads have stalled.
#
# type: Duration
# env var: LOTUS_DEALMAKING_HTTPTRANSFERSTALLCHECKPERIOD
#HttpTransferStallCheckPeriod = "30s"
# The time that can elapse before a download is considered stalled (and
# another concurrent download is allowed to start).
#
# type: Duration
# env var: LOTUS_DEALMAKING_HTTPTRANSFERSTALLTIMEOUT
#HttpTransferStallTimeout = "5m0s"

# The maximum allowed disk usage size in bytes of downloaded deal data
# that has not yet been passed to the sealing node by boost.
# When the client makes a new deal proposal to download data from a host,
# boost checks this config value against the sum of:
# - the amount of data downloaded in the staging area
# - the amount of data that is queued for download
# - the amount of data in the proposed deal
# If the total amount would exceed the limit, boost rejects the deal.
# Set this value to 0 to indicate there is no limit.
#
# type: int64
# env var: LOTUS_DEALMAKING_MAXSTAGINGDEALSBYTES
MaxStagingDealsBytes = 50000000000
# The percentage of MaxStagingDealsBytes that is allocated to each host.
# When the client makes a new deal proposal to download data from a host,
# boost checks this config value against the sum of:
# - the amount of data downloaded from the host in the staging area
# - the amount of data that is queued for download from the host
# - the amount of data in the proposed deal
# If the total amount would exceed the limit, boost rejects the deal.
# Set this value to 0 to indicate there is no limit per host.
#
# type: uint64
# env var: LOTUS_DEALMAKING_MAXSTAGINGDEALSPERCENTPERHOST
#MaxStagingDealsPercentPerHost = 0

The transferLimiter maintains a queue of transfers with a soft upper limit on the number of concurrent transfers.
To prevent slow or stalled transfers from blocking up the queue there are a couple of mitigations: The queue is ordered such that we
  • start transferring data for the oldest deal first
  • prefer to start transfers with peers that don't have any ongoing transfer
  • once the soft limit is reached, don't allow any new transfers with peers that have existing stalled transfers
How TransferLimiter works
Note that peers are distinguished by their host (eg foo.bar:8080) not by libp2p peer ID. For example, if there is
  • one active transfer with peer A
  • one pending transfer (peer A)
  • one pending transfer (peer B)
The algorithm will prefer to start a transfer with peer B than peer A. This helps to ensure that slow peers don't block the transfer queue.
The limit on the number of concurrent transfers is soft. Example: if there is a limit of 5 concurrent transfers and there are
  • three active transfers
  • two stalled transfers
then two more transfers are permitted to start (as long as they're not with one of the stalled peers)
Copy link
On this page
Configuration Variables
How TransferLimiter works