Managing Kubernetes worker groups

To meet system requirements of applications running in Kubernetes clusters, you can have worker nodes with different number of CPUs and amount of RAM. Creating workers with different flavors is possible by using worker groups.

When creating a Kubernetes cluster, you can specify the configuration of only one worker group, the default worker group. After the cluster is created, add as many worker groups as you need. If required, you can also edit the number of workers in a group later.


  • Worker groups are not available for Kubernetes version 1.15.x.
  • The default worker group cannot be deleted.
  • In Kubernetes version 1.21.x and earlier, autoscaling to zero nodes is not supported.


To add a worker group

  1. On the Kubernetes clusters screen, click a Kubernetes cluster.
  2. On the cluster right pane, navigate to the Groups tab.
  3. In the Workers section, click Add.
  4. In the Add worker group window, specify a name for the group.
  5. In the Worker group section, select a flavor for each worker, and then decide whether you want to allow automatic scaling of the worker group:

    • With Autoscaling enabled, the number of workers will be automatically increased if there are pods stuck in the pending state due to insufficient resources, and reduced if there are workers with no pods running on them. For scaling of the worker group, set its minimum and maximum size.

      Some types of pods can prevent the autoscaler from removing a worker. To see a list of such pod types, refer to the official Kubernetes Autoscaler documentation.

    • With Autoscaling disabled, the number of worker nodes that you set will be permanent.
  6. In the Labels section, enter labels that will be used to specify supplementary parameters for this Kubernetes cluster in the key=value format. For example: selinux_mode=permissive. Currently, only the selinux and flannel_network_cidr labels are supported. You can use other labels at your own risk. To see the full list of supported labels, refer to the OpenStack documentation.

  7. Click Add.

When the worker group is created, you can assign pods to these worker nodes, as explained in Assigning Kubernetes pods to specific nodes.

To edit the number of workers in a group

  1. On the Kubernetes cluster right pane, navigate to the Groups tab.
  2. In the Workers section, click the pencil icon for the default worker group or the ellipsis icon for all other groups, and then select Edit.

  3. In the Edit workers window, enable or disable Autoscaling, or change the number of workers in the group.
  4. Click Save.

To delete a worker group

Click the ellipsis icon next to the required worker group, and then select Delete. The worker group will be deleted along with all of its workers. After the deletion, the worker group data will be lost.