You can configure monitoring metrics for Knative system components by using Prometheus Monitoring in Application Real-Time Monitoring Service (ARMS). This topic describes how to monitor Knative system components and configure alerts.

Background information

The following metrics of Knative system components are collected:
  • Number of ready pods where the components are deployed.
  • CPU usage of the pods where the components are deployed.
  • Memory usage of the pods where the components are deployed.
Knative system components include:
  • knative-serving
    • activator
    • autoscaler
    • autoscaler-hpa
    • controller
    • istio-webhook
    • networking-istio
    • webhook
  • knative-eventing
    • eventing-controller
    • eventing-webhook

Step 1: Install the Prometheus Monitoring component

  1. Log on to the ACK console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Marketplace > App Catalog.
  3. On the App Catalog page, click the Alibaba Cloud Apps tab and click ack-arms-prometheus.
  4. On the App Catalog - ack-arms-prometheus page, click the Parameters tab.
  5. On the Parameters tab, set parameter cluster_id.

    The system automatically sets the value to the ID of the target cluster. To find the cluster ID, choose Clusters > Clusters in the left-side navigation pane, find the target cluster on the Clusters page, and the cluster ID is displayed in the Cluster Name/ID column.

  6. On the App Catalog - ack-arms-prometheus page, go to the Deploy tab on the right, select the target cluster, and click Create.
    Note Namespace and Release Name are set to arms-prom by default.

Step 2: View pod monitoring information

Before you set an alert policy for a pod where the components are deployed, check the monitoring information about the pod.

  1. LogonLog on to the ARMS console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Prometheus Monitoring.
  3. On the Prometheus Monitoring page, click k8s state in the Installed Plugins column. On the page that appears, you can view the number, CPU usage, and memory usage of the pods.

Step 3: Set alarm policies for Knative system components

  1. You can select one of the two available methods to access the Create Alert page.
    • On the New DashBoard page of the ARMS Prometheus Grafana dashboard, click the icon to go to the ARMS Prometheus Create Alert dialog box.
    • In the left-side navigation pane of the console, choose Alerts > Alert Policies. On the Alert Policies page, choose Create Alert > Prometheus in the upper-right corner.
  2. In the Create Alarm dialog box, set the parameters.
    The activator component of Knative Serving is used in this example. If the number of ready pods is less than the configured number, an alert is triggered. In this case, the number of unavailable pods is greater than or equal to one. The following figure shows the alert policy.Alarm policy
    The following shows PromQL of the activator component:
    ((sum(kube_deployment_status_replicas{deployment=~"activator"}) or vector(0))) - ((sum(kube_deployment_status_replicas_available{deployment=~"activator"}) or vector(0)))

    For more information, see Create an alert.

  3. Click Save.