Index provider

The index provider generates advertisements from the deals made by a storage provider and announces changes to the indexer nodes for further processing.

The index provider is a component of the markets subsystem that enables content routing backed by the Filecoin network: it announces what content is stored by a storage provider by advertising the list of multihashes extracted from CARv2 indices stored by DagStore along with metadata on how to retrieve the content. The indexing announcements are then published onto a gossipsub topic, which is listened to by a set of indexer nodes.

The indexer nodes then process the advertisements to facilitate a service where a client can look up the storage provider that stores a given CID or multihash.

The index provider component leverages the latest indexing format of CARv2 to enable efficient extraction and lookup of the list of multihashes stored in CAR files via [DagStore].

The index provider component consists of two layers:

  1. Indexing Advertisement Generation - Receives notifications about the deals made, slashed, or expired by the storage provider and updates an append-only log of the multihashes that are stored or no longer available in the form of an IPLD DAG.
  2. Announcement of Changes - Publishes a notification onto the indexing gossipsub topic to announce that a change has been made to the append-only log of indexing advertisements. This also exposes an endpoint that allows indexer nodes to fetch the advertisements IPLD DAG over DataTransport protocol.


The following is an overview of terms used in the index provider context:

  • Advertisement: a unit of change in the content added or removed by the storage provider. Advertisements are represented as an IPLD DAG, where each advertisement links to the previous advertisement. Each advertisement contains a list of multihashes, the content provided by the storage provider, and metadata on how to retrieve the content.
  • Entries: represents the list of multihashes the content hosted by the storage provider. The entries are represented as an IPLD DAG, divided across a set of interlinked IPLD nodes, referred to as Entries Chunk.
  • Retrieval Addresses: a list of addresses included in each advertisement that points to where you can retrieve from the advertised content.

Expected Behaviour

New CAR index format in DagStore

The index provider leverages the latest CARv2 indexing format MultihashIndexSorted, which stores the multihash code as well as the digest of all CIDs in a CAR file. The size of DagStore index files, as a result, are slightly larger.

Index Provider GossipSub Announcements

The index provider announces changes to the chain of advertisements onto a gossipsub topic, named /indexer/ingest/mainnet, which is propagated through the Lotus daemon onto the indexer nodes. As a result, a protected connection is made from the markets process to the daemon process so that gossipsub announcements are propagated out onto the network.

Index Provider GraphSync Server

The index provider exposes a GraphSync server on the market’s host, which serves requests from indexer nodes to sync the list of advertised multihashes provided by the SP.

Index Provider storage usage

The index provider shares a datastore with the markets process, wrapped under the namespace index-provider. The datastore entries stored include:

  1. internal mappings used by the index provider engine, and
  2. cache of chained multihash chunks.

The storage used by the internal mappings is negligible.

The storage used by caching is bound by an LRU cache, with the default maximum size of 1024, which corresponds to the number of chained chunks cached. The maximum number of multihashes included in each chunk is set to 16,384 by default.

The exact storage usage depends on the number of multihashes stored in a single chunk, the number of chunks in the entire chain, and the size of each multihash. For example, you can calculate the size of the cache on disk with default values as:

1024 * 16384 * <multihash-length> * <chain-length>

Based on the equation above, caching 128-bit long multihashes will result in chunk sizes of 0.25MiB with maximum cache growth of 256 MiB for advertisements with a single chunk.

Become an index provider

New Storage Providers who initialized with v1.15.1 or greater will have the new CARv2 indexing format and can announce their indices after sealing their first storage deal. Existing Storage Providers initilized before v1.15.1 will need to follow the one-off migration guide to enable the indexing integration.

One-off migration

If you are a Storage Provider who has previously run the markets-module, you´ll need to do a one-off migration to re-generate the DagStore with the new CARv2 indexing format.

  1. Stop the daemon miner and markets processes

    Stop all lotus processes to suspend any changes to the state of DagStore during the rollout.

    You must stop the daemon to roll-out a change to the API that protects connections between markets and the libp2p node.

  2. Back up the existing DagStore repository

    By default, the DagStore repository is located at $LOTUS_MARKETS_PATH/dagstore if the market subsystem has been split from the miner. For a monolith miner, the DagStore repository is located at $LOTUS_MINER_PATH/dagstore. Make a copy of this directory. This is necessary for:

  • verifying that the expected shard indices are re-generated after migration, and
  • rolling back the changes in case of an error.
  1. Delete the existing DagStore repository

    By default, delete the DagStore repository located at $LOTUS_MARKETS_PATH/dagstore for the split miner or $LOTUS_MINER_PATH/dagstore for monolith miner. The absence of the repository signals to the Lotus instance that a DagStore migration is needed and will automatically trigger one upon markets instance start-up.

  2. Rotate any existing Lotus log files and adjust log level

    For easier debugging, rotate any existing logs so that the new logs only include output generated by the target release.

  3. Install Lotus Release

    Install the Lotus release v1.15.1 or higher. The index-provider enabled by default in v1.15.1 and newer releases.

  4. Start daemon and miner processes

    Start daemon and miner processes and await until they are fully started and ready. They are ready when the following commands succeed:

    lotus-miner sectors list
    lotus-miner storage-deals list
  5. Start the markets process

    Start only the markets process and wait for the following line in the markets process logs: dagstore migration completed successfully

    This indicates that the list of shards requiring initialization has been queued for processing. See DagStore First-time Migration for more information.

  6. Configure logging subsystems

    Make sure your lotus installation persists the log files for future debugging. Set the log level for the following subsystems on market node to INFO :

    • go-legs-gpubsub
    • provider/engine
    • dagstore

    To do this run the following command:

    • For monolith miner

      lotus-miner log set-level --system provider/engine --system go-legs-gpubsub --system dagstore info
    • For split market subsystem

      lotus-miner --call-on-markets log set-level --system provider/engine --system go-legs-gpubsub --system dagstore info
  7. Initialise the DagStore shards

    To start the initialization of DagStore shards, run:

    lotus-miner dagstore initialize-all --concurrency=N if you run a monolith miner process or lotus-miner --call-on-markets dagstore initialize-all --concurrency=N if you have split your market subsystem.

    Wait for the initialization to complete. The initialization time is a factor of the volume of data stored since it involves re-indexing the data blocks.

  8. Verify re-creation of DagStore repository

    The previous step should recreate the DagStore repository, located at $LOTUS_MARKETS_PATH/dagstore or $LOTUS_MINER_PATH/dagstore(for monolith miner). Navigate to that directory. Under the subfolder index, verify that matching *.full.idx files can be found for all files under the same sub-directory in the backup of DagStore taken in step 2.

  9. Announce all indices to the indexers

    To announce all the indices in bulk to the indexers, run:

    lotus-miner index announce-all if you run a monolith miner process or lotus-miner --call-on-markets index announce-all if you have split your market subsystem.

    This command generates advertisements and publishes indices onto the indexer gossipsub channel. Look for a series of logs in the markets logs that include deal announcement sent to index provider. You should see one such log per deal. The log-line also includes the advertised CID, the deal proposal CID to which it belongs, and the shard key from which its multihash entries are generated. The logs should also include information about the number of multihash entries each advertisement includes. For example:

    deal announcement sent to index provider	{"advertisementCid": "baguqeeqqvr2irdrq45d7npj7elogzpaaam", "shard-key": "baga6ea4seaqegic2h4qoao4urcwhin7tgwlb4cguqymtriheqoyjjaabz6viegq", "proposalCid": "bafyreihhqszkcv3egsb7xkuhyswqjdy3oa2kboi2zjvrbkuj3jgq2g4d4m"}
    Generated linked chunks of multihashes	{"totalMhCount": 32449, "chunkCount": 2}

    Note that the bulk advertisement only announces deals that are not expired and handed over to the sealing subsystem. The daemon will not advertise the expired deals. For any remaining deals, the advertisement will occur after they are given to the sealing subsystem.

    Wait for the bulk indexing announcement to complete. The bulk announcement is complete when finished announcing active deals to index provider is logged.

Bulk Index Announcement

You can use the following CLI command to bulk-announce all deals made by the storage provider:

lotus-miner index announce-all


You can adjust the values under the IndexProvider section in the config.toml of your market process to configure indexes' announcement to the indexer.

If the section doesn’t exist, you can manually add it:

  # Enable set whether to enable indexing announcement to the network and expose endpoints that
  # allow indexer nodes to process announcements. Disabled by default.
  # type: bool
  #Enable = false

  # EntriesCacheCapacity sets the maximum capacity to use for caching the indexing advertisement
  # entries. Defaults to 1024 if not specified. The cache is evicted using LRU policy. The
  # maximum storage used by the cache is a factor of EntriesCacheCapacity, EntriesChunkSize and
  # the length of multihashes being advertised. For example, advertising 128-bit long multihashes
  # with the default EntriesCacheCapacity, and EntriesChunkSize means the cache size can grow to
  # 256MiB when full.
  # type: int
  #EntriesCacheCapacity = 1024

  # EntriesChunkSize sets the maximum number of multihashes to include in a single entries chunk.
  # Defaults to 16384 if not specified. Note that chunks are chained together for indexing
  # advertisements that include more multihashes than the configured EntriesChunkSize.
  # type: int
  #EntriesChunkSize = 16384

  # TopicName sets the topic name on which the changes to the advertised content are announced.
  # Defaults to '/indexer/ingest/mainnet' if not specified.
  # type: string
  #TopicName = "/indexer/ingest/mainnet"

  # PurgeCacheOnStart sets whether to clear any cached entries chunks when the provider engine
  # starts. By default, the cache is rehydrated from previously cached entries stored in
  # datastore if any is present.
  # type: bool
  #PurgeCacheOnStart = false

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