To scale an application and provide a reliable service, you need to understand how the application behaves when it is deployed. You can examine application performance in a Kubernetes cluster by examining the containers, pods, services, and the characteristics of the overall cluster. Kubernetes provides detailed information about an application’s resource usage at each of these levels. This information allows you to evaluate your application’s performance and where bottlenecks can be removed to improve overall performance.
The resource metrics pipeline provides a limited set of metrics related to
cluster components such as the Horizontal Pod Autoscaler controller, as well as the
kubectl top utility.
These metrics are collected by the lightweight, short-term, in-memory
are exposed via the
metrics-server discovers all nodes on the cluster and
queries each node’s
kubelet for CPU and
memory usage. The kubelet acts as a bridge between the Kubernetes master and
the nodes, managing the pods and containers running on a machine. The kubelet
translates each pod into its constituent containers and fetches individual
container usage statistics from the container runtime through the container
runtime interface. The kubelet fetches this information from the integrated
cAdvisor for the legacy Docker integration. It then exposes the aggregated pod
resource usage statistics through the metrics-server Resource Metrics API.
This API is served at
/metrics/resource/v1beta1 on the kubelet’s authenticated and
A full metrics pipeline gives you access to richer metrics. Kubernetes can
respond to these metrics by automatically scaling or adapting the cluster
based on its current state, using mechanisms such as the Horizontal Pod
Autoscaler. The monitoring pipeline fetches metrics from the kubelet and
then exposes them to Kubernetes via an adapter by implementing either the
Prometheus, a CNCF project, can natively monitor Kubernetes, nodes, and Prometheus itself. Full metrics pipeline projects that are not part of the CNCF are outside the scope of Kubernetes documentation.
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