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Manage HugePages

FEATURE STATE: Kubernetes v1.15 stable
This feature is stable, meaning:

  • The version name is vX where X is an integer.
  • Stable versions of features will appear in released software for many subsequent versions.

Kubernetes supports the allocation and consumption of pre-allocated huge pages by applications in a Pod as a GA feature. This page describes how users can consume huge pages and the current limitations.

Before you begin

  1. Kubernetes nodes must pre-allocate huge pages in order for the node to report its huge page capacity. A node may only pre-allocate huge pages for a single size.

The nodes will automatically discover and report all huge page resources as a schedulable resource.

API

Huge pages can be consumed via container level resource requirements using the resource name hugepages-<size>, where size is the most compact binary notation using integer values supported on a particular node. For example, if a node supports 2048KiB page sizes, it will expose a schedulable resource hugepages-2Mi. Unlike CPU or memory, huge pages do not support overcommit. Note that when requesting hugepage resources, either memory or CPU resources must be requested as well.

apiVersion: v1
kind: Pod
metadata:
  generateName: hugepages-volume-
spec:
  containers:
  - image: fedora:latest
    command:
    - sleep
    - inf
    name: example
    volumeMounts:
    - mountPath: /hugepages
      name: hugepage
    resources:
      limits:
        hugepages-2Mi: 100Mi
        memory: 100Mi
      requests:
        memory: 100Mi      
  volumes:
  - name: hugepage
    emptyDir:
      medium: HugePages

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