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Manage HugePages

FEATURE STATE: Kubernetes v1.13 beta
This feature is currently in a beta state, meaning:

  • The version names contain beta (e.g. v2beta3).
  • Code is well tested. Enabling the feature is considered safe. Enabled by default.
  • Support for the overall feature will not be dropped, though details may change.
  • The schema and/or semantics of objects may change in incompatible ways in a subsequent beta or stable release. When this happens, we will provide instructions for migrating to the next version. This may require deleting, editing, and re-creating API objects. The editing process may require some thought. This may require downtime for applications that rely on the feature.
  • Recommended for only non-business-critical uses because of potential for incompatible changes in subsequent releases. If you have multiple clusters that can be upgraded independently, you may be able to relax this restriction.
  • Please do try our beta features and give feedback on them! After they exit beta, it may not be practical for us to make more changes.

Kubernetes supports the allocation and consumption of pre-allocated huge pages by applications in a Pod as a beta feature. This page describes how users can consume huge pages and the current limitations.

Before you begin

  1. Kubernetes nodes must pre-allocate huge pages in order for the node to report its huge page capacity. A node may only pre-allocate huge pages for a single size.

The nodes will automatically discover and report all huge page resources as a schedulable resource.


Huge pages can be consumed via container level resource requirements using the resource name hugepages-<size>, where size is the most compact binary notation using integer values supported on a particular node. For example, if a node supports 2048KiB page sizes, it will expose a schedulable resource hugepages-2Mi. Unlike CPU or memory, huge pages do not support overcommit. Note that when requesting hugepage resources, either memory or CPU resources must be requested as well.

apiVersion: v1
kind: Pod
  generateName: hugepages-volume-
  - image: fedora:latest
    - sleep
    - inf
    name: example
    - mountPath: /hugepages
      name: hugepage
        hugepages-2Mi: 100Mi
        memory: 100Mi
        memory: 100Mi      
  - name: hugepage
      medium: HugePages