aio-nr is the running total of the number of events specified on the io_setup system call for all currently active aio contexts. If aio-nr reaches aio-max-nr then io_setup will fail with EAGAIN. Note that raising aio-max-nr does not result in the pre-allocation or re-sizing of any kernel data structures.
aio-nr shows the current system-wide number of asynchronous io requests. aio-max-nr allows you to change the maximum value aio-nr can grow to.source