I have a simple Django web application running on AWS EC2 instance (2 vCPU, 4Gi). For that type of deployment I have a performance (measured with Hey)

$ hey -t 30 -z 1m https://mydomain.com/my/endpoint/

about 30 reqs/s

When deployed with Kubernetes onto EKS cluster (same docker image) I have about 15 reqs/s for 1 pod with limits

        cpu: "500m"
        memory: "2Gi"
        cpu: "1"
        memory: "4Gi"

I expect that scaling pods would double the performance but nothing happens (request rate stays the same)

$ kubectl scale deploy/myapp --replicas=2

I'm running Django app behind gunicorn like this (adjusting number of workers did not help)

gunicorn --config gunicorn.py myapp.wsgi:application
# gunicorn.py
import os

# tried different values from 1 to 5
# for 1 vCPU allocated for the pod it should be 3 as per docs
# (2 x $num_cores) + 1
# https://docs.gunicorn.org/en/stable/design.html#how-many-workers
workers = int(os.getenv('GUNICORN_WORKERS_APP', default=4))
daemon = False
bind = ''
max_requests = 2000

So couple of questions here:

  • how to properly debug this type of issue and what's the toolset I can use?
  • how service does load balancing to pods and is there any overhead introduced?
  • is there an overhead for resource management (cpu allocation/throttling)?
  • how performance tuning is done for k8s-driven applications?
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    An APM like New Relic would be a tool to see the pods load and response times. How services do load balancing is provided here:-kubernetes.io/docs/concepts/services-networking/service/… There could be some overhead but not such that two pods provide the same i/o as one. Could you check if there could be other factors like ingress-controller configurations and such? Commented Jul 7, 2021 at 20:56

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What does 'kubectl top node' return for your node usage?

Kubernetes is pretty low overhead and can certainly handle more than 15req/s. Does your application rely on a database? If so, where is that database living? Is that single node also running any other pods?

As others noted, an APM would be a helpful tool to diagnose unexpected performance issues.

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