Hello Minikube for ppc64le

This tutorial shows you how to create a cluster for the Power architecture (ppc64le) using Minikube.

The tutorial was performed on Ubuntu 20.10 (ppc64le), the packages were downloaded using the package repository from OpenPower Lab @ Unicamp.


The following packages are required:

  • Minikube
  • Kubectl
  • Docker-ce
  • Conntrack

You can use the commands below to solve the dependencies:

apt-get update
apt-get install docker-ce conntrack minikube kubectl

Optionally, Kubeadm and Kubelet can be installed.

Create a minikube cluster

  1. Start Minikube
sudo minikube start --driver=none

The default drive is Docker, however the minikube does not recognize that Docker is available for ppc64le architecture and has an error.

To make ‘none’ the default drive, use the command:

sudo minikube config set driver none

You may need to run the command:: sudo sysctl fs.protected_regular=0

  1. Check Status
sudo minikube status

The output is similar to:

type: Control Plane
host: Running
kubelet: Running
apiserver: Running
kubeconfig: Configured
  1. Open the Kubernetes dashboard in a browser
sudo minikube dashboard

Create a Deployment

There are two structures in Kubernetes: Pod and Deployment. Pod can be a group of one or more Containers, while a Deployment checks, manages and restarts the pods. That is, the deployment is recommended when it will be used in a large group of pods.

  1. Create a Deployment
sudo kubectl create deployment hello-node --image=minicloud/node-server

minicloud/node-server: is a public docker image created for the ppc64le architecture. The files used to build the image are in the GitHub.

  1. View the Deployment:
sudo kubectl get deployments

The output is similar to:

hello-node   1/1     1            1           6m28s
  1. View the Pod:
sudo kubectl get pods

The output is similar to:

NAME                          READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
hello-node-5dd47b76c8-l5vs2   1/1     Running   0          6m51s

Create a Service

In order to be able to directly access the Pod, it is necessary to create a service.

  1. Create a Service
sudo kubectl expose deployment hello-node --type=NodePort --port=8080
  1. View the Service
sudo kubectl get services

The output is similar to:

NAME         TYPE        CLUSTER-IP       EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)          AGE
hello-node   NodePort   <none>        8080:31253/TCP   8s
kubernetes   ClusterIP        <none>        443/TCP          14m

Open the service in the browser: http://localhost:8080/.

Hello Minikube in browser

If it is not possible to access this port, change the 8080, for the 5 digit port that appears in the view. In that case it would be port 31253.

Clean up

Now you can clean up the resources you created in your cluster:

kubectl delete service hello-node
kubectl delete deployment hello-node

Optionally, stop the Minikube:

minikube stop

Optionally, delete the Minikube:

minikube delete

Tutorial for others architectures

Hello Minikube

Júnior Santos
Computer Science undergrad student

I’m an undergrad student in Computer Science at UNICAMP.