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Enabling Service Topology

FEATURE STATE: Kubernetes v1.21 [deprecated]

This feature, specifically the alpha topologyKeys field, is deprecated since Kubernetes v1.21. Topology Aware Hints, introduced in Kubernetes v1.21, provide similar functionality.

Service Topology enables a Service to route traffic based upon the Node topology of the cluster. For example, a service can specify that traffic be preferentially routed to endpoints that are on the same Node as the client, or in the same availability zone.

Before you begin

You need to have a Kubernetes cluster, and the kubectl command-line tool must be configured to communicate with your cluster. It is recommended to run this tutorial on a cluster with at least two nodes that are not acting as control plane hosts. If you do not already have a cluster, you can create one by using minikube or you can use one of these Kubernetes playgrounds:

Your Kubernetes server must be at or later than version 1.17. To check the version, enter kubectl version.

The following prerequisites are needed in order to enable topology aware service routing:

  • Kubernetes v1.17 or later
  • Configure kube-proxy to run in iptables mode or IPVS mode

Enable Service Topology

FEATURE STATE: Kubernetes v1.21 [deprecated]

To enable service topology, enable the ServiceTopology feature gate for all Kubernetes components:

--feature-gates="ServiceTopology=true`

What's next

Last modified April 03, 2021 at 4:13 PM PST: Tidy docs about EndpointSlice & related features (c9ca131355)