Monitoring InfiniBand networks to react efficiently to congestion Articles uri icon

publication date

  • February 2023

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 9

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0272-1732


  • Current high-performance interconnection networks for HPC and Data-Center systems incorporate mechanisms to prevent congestion from degrading network performance. Specifically, the popular InfiniBand specification defines a mechanism to reduce the injection rate of the traffic flows contributing to congestion. However, the efficiency of this mechanism depends on the values configured for certain parameters, that may be suitable for some congestion situations but not for others. Therefore, we think that these parameters should be reconfigured dynamically, based on accurate and updated information about the actual status of congestion. For that purpose, we have combined a light-weight platform monitoring tool (LIMITLESS) with the InfiniBand control software (OpenSM), so that the former provides the latter with enhanced knowledge about congestion to appropriately reconfigure the parameters driving the behavior of the congestion-control mechanism. Experiments performed in a real InfiniBand-based cluster confirm that this approach significantly reduces the number of wrong reactions to the congestion-control mechanism.


  • Computer Science


  • monitoring; indexes; routing; proposals; performance evaluation; network topology; software; interconnection networks; cluster; congestion control; traffic monitoring; infini band