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Evaluate YuniKorn function & performance with Kubemark

All the following tests are done with Kubemark, a tool helps us to simulate large K8s cluster and run experimental workloads. There were 18 bare-metal servers being used to simulate 2000/4000 nodes for these tests.

Scheduler Throughput

When running Big Data batch workloads, e.g Spark, on K8s, scheduler throughput becomes to be one of the main concerns. In YuniKorn, we have done lots of optimizations to improve the performance, such as a fully async event-driven system and low-latency sorting policies. The following chart reveals the scheduler throughput (by using Kubemark simulated environment, and submitting 50,000 pods), comparing to the K8s default scheduler.

Scheduler Throughput

The charts record the time spent until all pods are running on the cluster

THROUGHPUT (pods/sec)THROUGHPUT (pods/sec)
ENVIRONMENT (# nodes)Default SchedulerYuniKorn

Resource Fairness between queues

Each of YuniKorn queues has its guaranteed and maximum capacity. When we have lots of jobs submitted to these queues, YuniKorn ensures each of them gets its fair share. When we monitor the resource usage of these queues, we can clearly see how fairness was enforced:

Scheduler Throughput

We set up 4 heterogeneous queues on this cluster, and submit different workloads against these queues. From the chart, we can see the queue resources are increasing nearly in the same trend, which means the resource fairness across queues is honored.

Node sorting policies

There are 2 node sorting policies available in YuniKorn, with regarding the pod distributing flavors. One is FAIR, which tries best to evenly distribute pods to nodes; the other one is BIN-PACKING, which tries best to bin pack pods to less number of nodes. The former one is suitable for the Data Center scenarios, it helps to balance the stress of cluster nodes; the latter one is suitable to be used on Cloud, it can minimize the number of instances when working with auto-scaler, in order to save cost.

FAIR Policy

We group nodes into 10 buckets, each bucket represents for the number of nodes that has a similar resource utilization (a range). To help you understand the chart, imagine the buckets have the following values at a certain point of time:

bucket-00% - 10%100
bucket-110% - 20%300
bucket-990% - 100%0

This means at the given time, this cluster has 100 nodes whose utilization is in the range 0% to 10%; it has 300 nodes whose utilization is in the range 10% - 20%, and so on… Now, we run lots of workloads and collect metrics, see the below chart:

Node Fairness

We can see all nodes have 0% utilization, and then all of them move to bucket-1, then bucket-2 … and eventually all nodes moved to bucket-9, which means all capacity is used. In another word, nodes’ resource has been used in a fairness manner.


This is When the bin-packing policy is enabled, we can see the following pattern:

Node Bin-Packing

On the contrary, all nodes are moving between 2 buckets, bucket-0 and bucket-9. Nodes in bucket-0 (0% - 10%) are decreasing in a linear manner, and nodes in bucket-9 (90% - 100%) are increasing with the same curve. In other words, node resources are being used up one by one.