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int ibv_resize_cq(struct ibv_cq *cq, int cqe);


ibv_resize_cq() resizes a Completion Queue.

A CQ can be resized either if it is empty or contains Work Completions that still weren’t polled by ibv_poll_cq(). It can be resized if request for notification was requested using ibv_req_notify_cq() before any notification event was created. It can be resized either if one or more QPs are associated with it or not.

If the CQ size is being decreased, there are some limitations to the new size:

  • It can't be less than the number of Work Completion that currently exists in the CQ
  • It should be enough to hold the Work Completions that may enter this CQ (otherwise, CQ overrun will occur(

The user can define the minimum size of the CQ. The actual size can be equal or higher than this value.

Calling to ibv_resize_cq() may not do anything since this verb only guarantees to resize the CQ to a size at least as big as the requested size.


Name Direction Description
cq in CQ that was returned from ibv_create_cq()
cqe in The minimum requested capacity of the CQ after resizing it, value can be [1..dev_cap.max_cqe]

Return Values

Value Description
0 On success

cq->cqe will hold the actual size of the CQ after resizing it

errno On failure
EINVAL Invalid cqe
ENOMEM Not enough resources to complete this operation
ENOSYS CQ resize is not supported by this device


Resize a CQ to have at least 2000 entries:

struct ibv_cq *cq; /* A pointer to a CQ that was created before */
if (ibv_resize_cq(cq, 2000)) {
	fprintf(stderr, "Error, ibv_resize_cq() failed\n");
	return -1;


ibv_resize_cq() failed, what will happen to the QPs which are associated with it?

Nothing at all. You can continue working with them without any side-effect.

ibv_resize_cq() failed, can I know how many Work Completion exists in this CQ?

No, the RDMA stack doesn’t have this capability (it wasn't defined in the specifications).

Can I resize a CQ which holds Work Completions in it?

Yes, you can.

I called ibv_req_notify_cq() on a CQ and didn't get any Completion event on it. Can I resize that CQ?

Yes, you can as long as the new size isn't smaller than the current number of the Work Completions in that CQ.

I called ibv_resize_cq() and tried to decrease the CQ size, but the CQ size wasn't changed. What happened?

This may happen. The rule is that a user can define the minimum size of the CQ and the actual size can be equal or higher than this value. Trying decreasing the CQ size may result in doing nothing; this is implementation (of the low-level driver) dependent.

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  1. Kristian says: December 10, 2012

    Good to find an epexrt who knows what he's talking about!

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