Setting up a Docker Swarm cluster20 Dec 2015
Instructions on how to set up a cluster of Docker nodes using Docker Swarm.
This document explains by example how to set up a cluster of Docker nodes (a Docker Swarm), and how to set up an overlay network between nodes in this cluster, so that containers started on the nodes can communicate.
The Docker overlay network requires a key-value store reachable from every node to store the network’s configuration. We will be using Consul for the key-value store, and also for node discovery.
We will need the Swarm image on all nodes in the cluster.
$ docker pull swarm
We will need the Consul image on one of the nodes.
$ docker pull progrium/consul
Configure Docker daemons
We need to configure Docker daemons running on all nodes to:
- Listen on port 2375 for connection from the Swarm manager, in addition to listening on a local Unix socket.
- Be able to find the Consul store.
- Advertise the Consul host’s IP for the Swarm manager to discover.
On ubuntu, add the following to
$ DOCKER_OPTS="-H unix:///var/run/docker.sock -H tcp://0.0.0.0:2375 \ --cluster-store consul:/$CONSUL_HOST_IP:8500 \ --cluster-advertise eth1:2375"
This assumes you have defined the environment variable
$ export CONSUL_HOST_IP=<Consul node IP>
Then restart the Docker service:
$ sudo service docker restart
Create the key-value store
$ docker run -d -p 8500:8500 --hostname consul --name consul-store progrium/consul -server -bootstrap
Create the Swarm
Start a Swarm agent on each node to advertise the node to Consul:
$ docker run -d --name swarm-agent swarm join \ --advertise=`hostname`:2375 consul://$CONSUL_HOST_IP:8500
Start a Swarm manager on one node (we will use port 22222 as the manager port):
$ docker run -d -p 22222:2375 --name swarm-manager swarm manage \ consul://$CONSUL_HOST_IP:8500
To verify that the Swarm is set up correctly, you can run:
$ export MANAGER_HOST_IP=<Swarm manager node IP> $ docker -H tcp://$MANAGER_HOST_IP:22222 info
This should give you the listing of nodes, with the number of containers running on them, among other information. You can also list the advertised nodes with:
$ docker run --rm swarm list consul://$CONSUL_HOST_IP:8500
Create the overlay network
With an overlay network, containers running on different nodes can see each other. This is implemented by adding the container name to the hosts file of all other containers on the network when they are started. To create an overlay network for use with our Swarm:
$ docker -H tcp://$MANAGER_HOST_IP:22222 network create --driver \ overlay swarm-network
To check that the network is created:
$ docker -H tcp://$MANAGER_HOST_IP:22222 network ls
Example 1: running containers with Swarm and swarm-network
In the example, we will run two containers from the Ubuntu image on different nodes of the cluster (let’s call them nodes
n2), attaching them to the swarm-network overlay network, and ping one from the other for 3s.
Run the containers, and verify that they are running on different nodes from the output of
$ docker -H tcp://$MANAGER_HOST_IP:22222 run -itd \ --net swarm-network -e constraint:node==n1 --name u1 ubuntu $ docker -H tcp://$MANAGER_HOST_IP:22222 run -itd \ --net swarm-network -e constraint:node==n2 --name u2 ubuntu $ docker -H tcp://$MANAGER_HOST_IP:22222 ps
Attach to one of the containers and ping the other:
$ docker -H tcp://$MANAGER_HOST_IP:22222 attach u1 $ ping -w3 u2
Example 2: running Memcached containers with Swarm and swarm-network
In this example, we will run the simplest deployment of CloudSuite’s Data Caching benchmark (i.e., a single client and a single server), where each container runs on a different host. Let’s assume we run the Memcached server on node
n1 and the Memcached client on node
n2. We assume that the respective Docker images have been pulled to their respective hosts.
Run the server container on
$ docker -H tcp://$MANAGER_HOST_IP:22222 run --net swarm-network \ -e constraint:node==n1 --name dc-server \ -d cloudsuite/data-caching:server -t 4 -m 4096 -n 550
Run the client container on
$ docker run -it --net swarm-network --name dc-client \ cloudsuite/data-caching:client bash
Prepare the client and run its traffic generator, as described here.
Setting up the environment for Swarm
To avoid typing
-H tcp://$MANAGER_HOST_IP:22222 with every docker command you can:
$ export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://$MANAGER_HOST_IP:22222