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Load testing Headlamp

Can Headlamp work well with busy clusters?

Limits we want to test for to begin with:

  • 10,000 pods
  • 1,000 nodes
  • 10,000 events
  • 15 clusters (300 clusters max)


  • Create load in a cluster
  • Run Headlamp and see if it works well compared to low load
    • performance profiles
    • CPU/memory usage
    • feel

Kwok for low resource usage load testing of Headlamp

KWOK is a toolkit that enables setting up a cluster of thousands of Nodes in seconds. Under the scene, all Nodes are simulated to behave like real ones, so the overall approach employs a pretty low resource footprint that you can easily play around on your laptop.

Creating lots of Kubernetes activity

Maybe you need to delete a cluster and create a fresh one.

kwokctl delete cluster
kwokctl create cluster

Make sure your kubectl context is set to 'kwok-kwok'.

kubectl config get-contexts

Generating Initial Data

This will create 900 nodes, 9000 pods, and 1000 events as fast as possible. Then it will create 1 event per second up to a total of 9000 events. Also one per second: 100 new nodes, and 1000 new pods. Finally it will create 15 clusters.

cd load-tests
npm install

echo "Creating initial activity: 900 nodes, 9000 pods, and 1000 events"
node scripts/create-nodes.js 900 0
node scripts/create-pods.js 9000 0
node scripts/create-events.js 1000 0
node scripts/create-deployments.js 500 0
node scripts/create-clusters.js 15 0

Generating Activity

To make some activity after the initial data is loaded.

echo "---------------"
echo "creating 1 node, 1 pod, and 1 event per second"
node scripts/create-events.js 9000 1 & node scripts/create-nodes.js 100 1 & node scripts/create-pods.js 1000 1 &

Cleaning up clusters

Kwok clusters can take up a lot of resources even doing nothing, due to the Kubernetes API server using resources even when idle.

So when you're done, you can delete them like this.

kwokctl delete cluster --name=kwok
node scripts/create-clusters.js 15 0 --delete