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AWS GPU: Create the Management Cluster

After the GPU compatible image is created with KIB, a cluster can be generated using that custom AMI.

Name Your Cluster

The cluster name may only contain the following characters: a-z, 0-9, ., and -. Cluster creation will fail if the name has capital letters. See Kubernetes for more naming information.

By default, the control-plane Nodes will be created in 3 different zones. However, the default worker Nodes will reside in a single Availability Zone. You may create additional node pools in other Availability Zones with the dkp create nodepool command.

Follow these steps:

  1. Give your cluster a unique name suitable for your environment.

    In AWS it is critical that the name is unique, as no two clusters in the same AWS account can have the same name.

  2. Set the environment variable:

export CLUSTER_NAME=<aws-example>

Create a New AWS Kubernetes Cluster

If you use these instructions to create a cluster on AWS using the DKP default settings without any edits to configuration files or additional flags, your cluster is deployed on an Ubuntu 20.04 operating system image with 3 control plane nodes, and 4 worker nodes.

The default AWS image is not recommended for use in production. D2iQ suggests using Konvoy Image Builder to create a custom AMI and take advantage of enhanced cluster operations.

Create a Kubernetes cluster with the command(s) below:

DKP uses AWS CSI as the default storage provider. You can use a Kubernetes CSI compatible storage solution that is suitable for production. See the Kubernetes documentation called Changing the Default Storage Class for more information.

  1. Execute this command to create a cluster with a GPU AMI and --self-managed flag. A self-managed cluster refers to one in which the CAPI resources and controllers that describe and manage it are running on the same cluster they are managing:

    dkp create cluster aws \
    --cluster-name=${CLUSTER_NAME} \
    --with-aws-bootstrap-credentials=true \

    If your environment uses HTTP/HTTPS proxies, you must include the flags --http-proxy, --https-proxy, and --no-proxy and their related values in this command for it to be successful. More information is available in Configuring an HTTP/HTTPS Proxy.

  2. Create the node pool after cluster creation:

    dkp create nodepool aws -c ${CLUSTER_NAME} \
    --instance-type p2.xlarge \
    --ami-id=${AMI_ID_FROM_KIB} \
    --replicas=1 ${NODEPOOL_NAME} \
  • As part of the underlying processing using the, the DKP CLI:

    • creates a bootstrap cluster

    • creates a workload cluster

    • moves CAPI controllers from the bootstrap cluster to the workload cluster, making it self-managed

    • deletes the bootstrap cluster

    To understand how this process works step by step, you can find a customizable Create a New AWS Cluster under Additional Infrastructure Configuration.

Cluster Verification

If you want to monitor or verify the installation of your clusters, refer to:

Verify your Cluster and DKP Installation.

Next Step:

AWS GPU: Install Kommander

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