Serverless Kubernetes (ASK) clusters support schedule-based autoscaling. This feature allows you to create schedule-based autoscaling policies for the system to allocate resources. This feature is integrated with the resource scaling capabilities of Horizontal Pod Autoscaler (HPA). This ensures that the system can automatically allocate sufficient resources to cope with spikes in workloads. This topic describes how to configure and apply a schedule-based autoscaling policy in Knative.


  1. Configure a schedule-based autoscaling policy.
    You can use a ConfigMap to define a schedule-based autoscaling policy. Each Knative Service is associated with one policy. The following code block shows a configuration example:
    apiVersion: v1
    kind: ConfigMap
      name: cron-autoscaler
      namespace: default
       - name: "workday"
         schedule: "* * 1-5"
         - timeSlice: 01:30:30
           replicas: 1
         - timeSlice: 05:30:30
           replicas: 2
         - timeSlice: 07:30:30
           replicas: 5
         - timeSlice: 10:24:30
           replicas: 8
         - timeSlice: 11:47:30
           replicas: 10
         - timeSlice: 13:17:30
           replicas: 6
         - timeSlice: 16:50:30
           replicas: 9
         - timeSlice: 20:17:30
           replicas: 5
         - timeSlice: 23:30:30
           replicas: 1
       - name: "holiday"
         schedule: "* * 0,6"
         - timeSlice: 08:24:30
           replicas: 4
         - timeSlice: 11:47:30
           replicas: 3
         - timeSlice: 13:17:30
           replicas: 2
    • In the schedule field, the first number indicates the day of a month. The second number indicates the month of a year. The remaining indicates the days of a week. The format of the value is * * 1-5. In the preceding example, 1-5 indicates Monday to Friday, and 0,6 indicates Saturday and Sunday.
    • timeseries: specifies the numbers of instances at the specified time points. The time points are specified in the 24-hour notation in the Hour:Minute:Second format.
    • Policy updates apply to all Knative Services that are associated with the policy.
    • If you delete the policy, the change does not apply to the Knative Services that are associated with the policy. The Knative Services do not scale the number of resources to zero.
  2. Apply the schedule-based autoscaling policy.
    After you configure a schedule-based autoscaling policy, you can apply the policy to Knative Services.
    kind: Service
      name: helloworld-go-ppa
      annotations: "cron-autoscaler"
            app: helloworld-go-ppa
            - image:
                  cpu: '200m'              
    • Set to specify the policy name.
    • Set "" to specify the schedule-based autoscaling plug-in.
    • Specify multiple Horizontal Pod Autoscaler (HPA) metrics. The publicly available version of Knative allows you to specify only one HPA metric. In ASK Knative, you can specify multiple HPA metrics by setting For example, you can specify the number of CPU cores and the amount of memory resources by setting the parameter to cpu:50,memory:50.
    • Set "1" to specify the minimum number of resources.
    • Set "10" to specify the maximum number of resources.
    Note The following formulas are used to determine the maximum or minimum number of resources after an HPA scaling event:
    • Minimum number of a resource after an HPA scaling event = min(,Number of a resource specified in the scheduled scaling policy)
    • Maximum number of a resource after an HPA scaling event = max(,Number of a resource specified in the scheduled scaling policy)

Check the result

Check the changes in the number of a resource after you apply the scheduled scaling policy. The following trend chart shows an example. v1