Container Platform

The GARR Cloud Container Platform is an environment for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications, based on


Kubernetes enables rapid application development and iteration by making it easy to deploy, update, and manage your applications and services. You can attach persistent storage and even run a database in your cluster. Simply describe the compute, memory, and storage resources your application containers require, and Kubernetes provisions and manages the underlying cloud resources automatically.

Support for hardware accelerators enables running Machine Learning, General Purpose GPU, High-Performance Computing, and other workloads that benefit from specialized hardware accelerators.

For an introduction to Kubernetes try the Kubernetes Basics tutorial.

The GARR Container Platform uses the same accounts as the GARR Cloud Compute Platform. To appy for an account, register here.

Applying as Beta tester

The platform is currently in beta test. If you would like to become a beta tester, send an email to, from the email account you used to register on the GARR Cloud Compute Platform, with subject:

kubernetes beta

Once your request will be accepted, you will receive instructions for how to setup the environment for controlling your Kubernetes cluster from your machine.

Installing kubectl

You need to install kubectl on a machine, which could be as well a VM on the GARR Cloud.

Follow these instruction to install kubectl.


Currently you may get warnings issuing kubectl commands, of the kind:

W0813 17:28:21.524793 3759 openstack.go:143] WARNING: in-tree openstack auth plugin is now deprecated. please use the “client-keystone-auth” kubectl/client-go credential plugin instead W0813 17:28:21.526555 3759 openstack.go:143] WARNING: in-tree openstack auth plugin is now deprecated. please use the “client-keystone-auth” kubectl/client-go credential plugin instead

error: the server doesn’t have a resource type “pods”

You may dismiss them, or else you might want to downgrade to kubectl version 1.10 by doing:

$ sudo apt install --allow-downgrades kubectl=1.10.6-00

This cheatsheet lists the commands available.

Dashboard Access

You can start a dashbord for controlling your cluster through a GUI by doing:

$ kubectl proxy

By default, this establishes a proxy running on your local machine and the kubernetes-master unit. To reach the Kubernetes dashboard, visit:


To log in to the dashboard you need to authenticate. Follow this procedure:

  1. List your secrets:

    $ kubectl get secrets
    NAME                  TYPE                                  DATA      AGE
    default-token-g98dg   3         1d
  2. Obtain the token for the secret named default-token-xxxx (in this example default-token-g98dg):

    $ kubectl describe secret default-token-g98dg
    Name:         default-token-g98dg
    Namespace:    colla
    Labels:       <none>
    ca.crt:     1167 bytes
    namespace:  5 bytes
    token:      AAAABBBBBCCCCCCDDDDD....
  3. Open the dashboard and select the Token method (see figure).

  4. Enter the token and press SIGN IN.

  5. You will land in the default namespace where you don’t have permissions, so you will get error messages like these:

  6. Click on default below Namespace on the left panel and enter the namespace that has been assigned to you on registration. You will now be able to see your deployments! (see figure).



See this example to test the cluster.


The Container Platform includes a node with a few Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs. Read these instruction on how to use the GPU’s.