Kubernetes Design Patterns

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This blog discusses some of the Kubernetes design patterns. All source code for the design patterns discussed below are available at kubernetes-java-sample.

Key Concepts of Kubernetes

At a very high level, there are three key concepts:

  • Pods are the smallest deployable units that can be created, scheduled, and managed. Its a logical collection of containers that belong to an application.
  • Master is the central control point that provides a unified view of the cluster. There is a single master node that control multiple minions.
  • Node is a worker node that run tasks as delegated by the master. Minions can run one or more pods. It provides an application-specific “virtual host” in a containerized environment.

Kubernetes Key Concepts


Some other concepts to be aware of:

  • Replication Controller is a resource at Master that ensures that requested number of pods are running on nodes at all times.
  • Service is an object on master that provides load balancing across a replicated group of pods.
  • Label is an arbitrary key/value pair in a distributed watchable storage that the Replication Controller uses for service discovery.

Start Kubernetes Cluster

  1. Easiest way to start a Kubernetes cluster on a Mac OS is using Vagrant:
  2. Alternatively, Kubernetes can be downloaded from github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/kubernetes/releases/download/v1.0.0/kubernetes.tar.gz, and cluster can be started as:

Kubernetes Cluster Vagrant

A Pod with One Container

This section will explain how to start a Pod with one Container. WildFly base Docker image will be used as the Container.

Kubernetes One Pod

Pod, Replication Controller, Service, etc are all resources in Kubernetes. They can be created using the kubectl by using a configuration file.

The configuration file in this case:

Complete details on how to create a Pod are explained at github.com/arun-gupta/kubernetes-java-sample#a-pod-with-one-container

Java EE Application Deployed in a Pod with One Container

This section will show how to deploy a Java EE application in a Pod with one Container. WildFly, with an in-memory H2 database, will be used as the container.

Kubernetes Java EE 7 Application

Configuration file is:

Complete details at github.com/arun-gupta/kubernetes-java-sample#java-ee-application-deployed-in-a-pod-with-one-container-wildfly–h2-in-memory-database.

A Replication Controller with Two Replicas of a Pod

This section will explain how to start a Replication Controller with two replicas of a Pod. Each Pod will have one WildFly container.

Kubernetes Replication Controller

Configuration file is:

Complete details at github.com/arun-gupta/kubernetes-java-sample#a-replication-controller-with-two-replicas-of-a-pod-wildfly

Rescheduling Pods

Replication Controller ensures that specified number of pod “replicas” are running at any one time. If there are too many, the replication controller kills some pods. If there are too few, it starts more.

Kubernetes Pod Rescheduling

Complete details at github.com/arun-gupta/kubernetes-java-sample#rescheduling-pods.

Scaling Pods

Replication Controller allows dynamic scaling up and down of Pods.

Kubernetes Scaling Pods

Complete details at github.com/arun-gupta/kubernetes-java-sample#scaling-pods.

Kubernetes Service

Pods are ephemeral. IP address assigned to a Pod cannot be relied upon. Kubernetes, Replication Controller in particular, create and destroy Pods dynamically. A consumer Pod cannot rely upon the IP address of a producer Pod.

Kubernetes Service is an abstraction which defines a set of logical Pods. The set of Pods targeted by a Service are determined by labels associated with the Pods.

This section will show how to run a WildFly and MySQL containers in separate Pods. WildFly Pod will talk to the MySQL Pod using a Service.

Kubernetes Service

Complete details at github.com/arun-gupta/kubernetes-java-sample#kubernetes-service.

Here are couple of blogs that will help you get started:

The complete set of Kubernetes blog entries provide more details.


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3 thoughts on “Kubernetes Design Patterns

  1. This is a great post. in particular, I like how you made the diagrams. I’ve been tracking jboss on kube for a while and its great to see the examples coming out !
    PS The service load balances the requests, so you can have multiple MySQL shards that it points to for (i.e. for reads).

  2. Very interesting design solutions, thanks for sharing this article, I really love different articles on design, not so long ago I found a very interesting article https://uxplanet.org/top-user-experience-ui-ux-design-agencies-3696f3daed4e, read it if you also love design like me. Have a nice day!

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