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NodeProblemDetectorPlus Add-on

Last updated: 2021-06-11 15:21:31


    Add-on description

    Node-Problem-Detector-Plus is an add-on that monitors the health status of Kubernetes cluster nodes. It runs in the TKE environment as a DaemonSet to help users detect various exceptions on nodes in real time and report the detection results to the upstream Kube-apiserver.

    Kubernetes objects deployed in a cluster

    Kubernetes Object Name Type Resource Amount Namespaces
    node-problem-detector DaemonSet 0.5C 80M kube-system
    node-problem-detector ServiceAccount - kube-system
    node-problem-detector ClusterRole - -
    node-problem-detector ClusterRoleBinding - -

    Use Cases

    Node-Problem-Detector-Plus can be used to monitor the running status of nodes, including kernel deadlocks, OOM, system thread pressure, system file descriptor pressure, and other metrics. It reports such information to the API Server as Node Conditions and Events.
    You can estimate the resource pressure of nodes by detecting the corresponding metrics and then manually release or scale out node resources before nodes start draining pods. In this way, you can prevent potential losses resulted from Kubernetes resource repossessing or node unavailability.


    To use NPD in your cluster, you need to install this add-on in your cluster. The system resources used by NPD containers is restricted to 0.5 CPU core and 80 MB memory.


    1. Log in to the TKE console and select Cluster in the left sidebar.
    2. On the “Cluster Management page, click the ID of the target cluster to go to the cluster details page.
    3. In the left sidebar, click Add-on Management to go to the Add-on List page.
    4. On the Add-on List page, click Create to go to the Create Add-on page, and select NodeProblemDetectorPlus.
    5. Click Complete. After the installation is successful, the corresponding node-problem-detector resources are available in your cluster, and the corresponding conditions will be added to Node Conditions.


    Node Conditions

    After the NPD plug-in is installed, the following specific Conditions will be added to nodes:

    Condition Default Value Description
    ReadonlyFilesystem False Indicates whether the file system is read-only.
    FDPressure False Queries whether the number of file descriptors of the host reaches 80% of the max value.
    FrequentKubeletRestart False Indicates whether Kubelet has restarted more than 5 times in 20 minutes.
    CorruptDockerOverlay2 False Indicates whether the DockerImage is faulty.
    KubeletProblem False Indicates whether the Kubelet service is Running.
    KernelDeadlock False Indicates whether a deadlock exists in the kernel.
    FrequentDockerRestart False Indicates whether Docker has restarted more than 5 times in 20 minutes.
    FrequentContainerdRestart False Indicates whether Containerd has restarted more than 5 times in 20 minutes.
    DockerdProblem False Indicates whether the Docker service is Running (if the node runtime is Containerd, the value is always False).
    ContainerdProblem False Indicates whether the Containerd service is Running (if the node runtime is Docker, the value is always False).
    ThreadPressure False Indicates whether the current number of threads of the system reaches 90% of the max value.
    NetworkUnavailable False Indicates whether the NTP service status is Running.
    SerfFailed False Detects the node network health status in distributed mode.
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