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Published: Mar 23, 2016 License: Apache-2.0 Imports: 9 Imported by: 0


Resource Consumer


Resource Consumer is a tool which allows to generate cpu/memory utilization in a container. The reason why it was created is testing kubernetes autoscaling. Resource Consumer can help with autoscaling tests for:

  • cluster size autoscaling,
  • horizontal autoscaling of pod - changing the size of replication controller,
  • vertical autoscaling of pod - changing its resource limits.


Resource Consumer starts an HTTP server and handle sent requests. It listens on port given as a flag (default 8080). Action of consuming resources is send to the container by a POST http request. Each http request creates new process. Http request handler is in file resource_consumer_handler.go

The container consumes specified amount of resources:

  • CPU in millicores,
  • Memory in megabytes,
  • Fake custom metrics.

###Consume CPU http request

  • suffix "ConsumeCPU",
  • parameters "millicores" and "durationSec".

Consumes specified amount of millicores for durationSec seconds. Consume CPU uses "./consume-cpu/consume-cpu" binary (file consume-cpu/consume_cpu.go). When CPU consumption is too low this binary uses cpu by calculating math.sqrt(0) 10^7 times and if consumption is too high binary sleeps for 10 millisecond. One replica of Resource Consumer cannot consume more that 1 cpu.

###Consume Memory http request

  • suffix "ConsumeMem",
  • parameters "megabytes" and "durationSec".

Consumes specified amount of megabytes for durationSec seconds. Consume Memory uses stress tool (stress -m 1 --vm-bytes megabytes --vm-hang 0 -t durationSec). Request leading to consuming more memory then container limit will be ignored.

###Bump value of a fake custom metric

  • suffix "BumpMetric",
  • parameters "metric", "delta" and "durationSec".

Bumps metric with given name by delta for durationSec seconds. Custom metrics in Prometheus format are exposed on "/metrics" endpoint.

###CURL example

$ kubectl run resource-consumer
$ kubectl expose rc resource-consumer --create-external-load-balancer=true --port=8080 --target-port=8080
$ kubectl get services resource-consumer

There are two IPs first one is internal, second one is the external load-balanced IP. Both serving port 8080. (Use second one)

$ curl --data "millicores=300&durationSec=600"

300 millicores will be consumed for 600 seconds.


Docker image of Resource Consumer can be found in Google Container Registry as

Use cases

###Cluster size autoscaling

  1. Consume more resources on each node that is specified for autoscaler
  2. Observe that cluster size increased

###Horizontal autoscaling of pod

  1. Create consuming RC and start consuming appropriate amount of resources
  2. Observe that RC has been resized
  3. Observe that usage on each replica decreased

###Vertical autoscaling of pod

  1. Create consuming pod and start consuming appropriate amount of resources
  2. Observed that limits has been increased



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