$ oc get node
OpenShift Container Platform update duration varies based on the deployment topology. This page helps you understand the factors that affect update duration and estimate how long the cluster update takes in your environment.
You are familiar with OpenShift Container Platform architecture and OpenShift Container Platform updates.
The following factors can affect your cluster update duration:
The reboot of compute nodes to the new machine configuration by Machine Config Operator (MCO)
The value of
MaxUnavailable in the machine config pool
The minimum number or percentages of replicas set in pod disruption budget (PDB)
The number of nodes in the cluster
The health of the cluster nodes
In OpenShift Container Platform, the cluster update happens in two phases:
Cluster Version Operator (CVO) target update payload deployment
Machine Config Operator (MCO) node updates
The Cluster Version Operator (CVO) retrieves the target update release image and applies to the cluster. All components which run as pods are updated during this phase, whereas the host components are updated by the Machine Config Operator (MCO). This process might take 60 to 120 minutes.
The CVO phase of the update does not restart the nodes.
The Machine Config Operator (MCO) applies a new machine configuration to each control plane and compute node. During this process, the MCO performs the following sequential actions on each node of the cluster:
Cordon and drain all the nodes
Update the operating system (OS)
Reboot the nodes
Uncordon all nodes and schedule workloads on the node
When a node is cordoned, workloads cannot be scheduled to it.
The time to complete this process depends on several factors including the node and infrastructure configuration. This process might take 5 or more minutes to complete per node.
In addition to MCO, you should consider the impact of the following parameters:
The control plane node update duration is predictable and oftentimes shorter than compute nodes, because the control plane workloads are tuned for graceful updates and quick drains.
You can update the compute nodes in parallel by setting the
maxUnavailable field to greater than
1 in the Machine Config Pool (MCP). The MCO cordons the number of nodes specified in
maxUnavailable and marks them unavailable for update.
When you increase
maxUnavailable on the MCP, it can help the pool to update more quickly. However, if
maxUnavailable is set too high, and several nodes are cordoned simultaneously, the pod disruption budget (PDB) guarded workloads could fail to drain because a schedulable node cannot be found to run the replicas. If you increase
maxUnavailable for the MCP, ensure that you still have sufficient schedulable nodes to allow PDB guarded workloads to drain.
Before you begin the update, you must ensure that all the nodes are available. Any unavailable nodes can significantly impact the update duration because the node unavailability affects the
maxUnavailable and pod disruption budgets.
To check the status of nodes from the terminal, run the following command:
$ oc get node
NAME STATUS ROLES AGE VERSION ip-10-0-137-31.us-east-2.compute.internal Ready,SchedulingDisabled worker 12d v1.23.5+3afdacb ip-10-0-151-208.us-east-2.compute.internal Ready master 12d v1.23.5+3afdacb ip-10-0-176-138.us-east-2.compute.internal Ready master 12d v1.23.5+3afdacb ip-10-0-183-194.us-east-2.compute.internal Ready worker 12d v1.23.5+3afdacb ip-10-0-204-102.us-east-2.compute.internal Ready master 12d v1.23.5+3afdacb ip-10-0-207-224.us-east-2.compute.internal Ready worker 12d v1.23.5+3afdacb
If the status of the node is
SchedulingDisabled, then the node is not available and this impacts the update duration.
You can check the status of nodes from the Administrator perspective in the web console by expanding Compute → Node.
Historical update duration of similar clusters provides you the best estimate for the future cluster updates. However, if the historical data is not available, you can use the following convention to estimate your cluster update time:
Cluster update time = CVO target update payload deployment time + (# node update iterations x MCO node update time)
A node update iteration consists of one or more nodes updated in parallel. The control plane nodes are always updated in parallel with the compute nodes. In addition, one or more compute nodes can be updated in parallel based on the
For example, to estimate the update time, consider an OpenShift Container Platform cluster with three control plane nodes and six compute nodes and each host takes about 5 minutes to reboot.
The time it takes to reboot a particular node varies significantly. In cloud instances, the reboot might take about 1 to 2 minutes, whereas in physical bare metal hosts the reboot might take more than 15 minutes.
When you set
1 for both the control plane and compute nodes Machine Config Pool (MCP), then all the six compute nodes will update one after another in each iteration:
Cluster update time = 60 + (6 x 5) = 90 minutes
When you set
2 for the compute node MCP, then two compute nodes will update in parallel in each iteration. Therefore it takes total three iterations to update all the nodes.
Cluster update time = 60 + (3 x 5) = 75 minutes
The default setting for
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) compute nodes require an additional usage of
openshift-ansible to update node binary components. The actual time spent updating RHEL compute nodes should not be significantly different from Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS (RHCOS) compute nodes.