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Deployment with EC3

❗️ The deployment of OSCAR with EC3 is deprecated. Please, consider using the IM Dashboard.

In order to deploy an elastic Kubernetes cluster with the OSCAR platform, it is preferable to use the IM Dashboard. Alternatively, you can also use EC3, a tool that deploys elastic virtual clusters. EC3 uses the Infrastructure Manager (IM) to deploy such clusters on multiple Cloud back-ends. The installation details can be found here, though this section includes the relevant information to get you started.

Prepare EC3

Clone the EC3 repository:

git clone

Download the OSCAR template into the ec3/templates folder:

cd ec3
wget -P templates

Create an auth.txt authorization file with valid credentials to access your Cloud provider. As an example, to deploy on an OpenNebula-based Cloud site the contents of the file would be:

type = OpenNebula; host = opennebula-host:2633;
username = your-user;
password = you-password

Modify the corresponding RADL template in order to determine the appropriate configuration for your deployment:

  • Virtual Machine Image identifiers
  • Hardware Configuration

As an example, to deploy in OpenNebula, one would modify the ubuntu-opennebula.radl (or create a new one).

Deploy the cluster

To deploy the cluster, execute:

./ec3 launch oscar-cluster oscar ubuntu-opennebula -a auth.txt

This will take several minutes until the Kubernetes cluster and all the required services have been deployed. You will obtain the IP of the front-end of the cluster and a confirmation message that the front-end is ready. Notice that it will still take few minutes before the services in the Kubernetes cluster are up & running.

Check the cluster state

The cluster will be fully configured when all the Kubernetes pods are in the Running state.

 ./ec3 ssh oscar-cluster
 sudo kubectl get pods --all-namespaces

Notice that initially only the front-end node of the cluster is deployed. As soon as the OSCAR framework is deployed, together with its services, the CLUES elasticity manager powers on a new (working) node on which these services will be run.

You can see the status of the provisioned node(s) by issuing:

 clues status

which obtains:

| node            |state| enabled |time stable|(cpu,mem) used |(cpu,mem) total|
| wn1.localdomain | used| enabled | 00h00'49" | 0.0,825229312 | 1,1992404992  |
| wn2.localdomain | off | enabled | 00h06'43" | 0,0           | 1,1073741824  |
| wn3.localdomain | off | enabled | 00h06'43" | 0,0           | 1,1073741824  |
| wn4.localdomain | off | enabled | 00h06'43" | 0,0           | 1,1073741824  |
| wn5.localdomain | off | enabled | 00h06'43" | 0,0           | 1,1073741824  |

The working nodes transition from off to powon and, finally, to the used status.

Default Service Endpoints

Once the OSCAR framework is running on the Kubernetes cluster, the endpoints described in the following table should be available. Most of the passwords/tokens are dynamically generated at deployment time and made available in the /var/tmp folder of the front-end node of the cluster.

Service Endpoint Default User Password File
OSCAR https://{FRONT_NODE} oscar oscar_password
MinIO https://{FRONT_NODE}:30300 minio minio_secret_key
OpenFaaS http://{FRONT_NODE}:31112 admin gw_password
Kubernetes API https://{FRONT_NODE}:6443 tokenpass
Kube. Dashboard https://{FRONT_NODE}:30443 dashboard_token

Note that {FRONT_NODE} refers to the public IP of the front-end of the Kubernetes cluster.

For example, to get the OSCAR password, you can execute:

./ec3 ssh oscar-cluster cat /var/tmp/oscar_password