Comparison of Container Schedulers

What is scheduling? What are containers?


Schematic overview of scheduling architectures, © Google, Inc. [48]

The container revolution

Virtual machines architecture compared to containers, © Docker Inc. [23]

Description of container schedulers

Docker Swarm

Docker Swarm architecture, ©Alexandre Beslic (Docker Inc.) [14]
  • strategy name: node selected
  • spread: has the fewest containers, disregarding their states
  • binpack: most packed (i.e. has the minimum amount of free CPU/RAM)
  • random: chosen randomly

Apache Mesos & Mesosphere Marathon

Apache Mesos architecture using Marathon, © Adrian Mouat [49]
  • Operator: role
  • UNIQUE: forces attributes’ uniqueness, e.g. the constraint [“hostname”, “UNIQUE”] ensures that there is only one application task running on each host.
  • CLUSTER: run your application on slaves that share a certain attribute, e.g. the constraint [“rack id”, “CLUSTER”, “rack-1”] obliges the application to run on rack-1 or to be in a pending state to wait for some free CPU/RAM on rack-1.
  • GROUP_BY: evenly spread your application across nodes with a particular attribute like a specific host or rack.
  • LIKE: ensures that the app runs only on slaves having a certain attribute. When there is only one value it is working like CLUSTER but many values can be matched because the argument is a regular expression.
  • UNLIKE: does the contrary of LIKE.

Google Kubernetes

Kubernetes architecture (containers in grey, pods in color), © Google Inc. [31]
  • Predicate: node’s requirements
  • PodFitPorts: needs to be able to host the pod without any port conflicts.
  • PodFitsResources: has enough resources to host the pod.
  • NoDiskConflict: has enough space to fit the pod and the volumes linked.
  • MatchNodeSelector: match the selector query parameter defined in the pod’s description.
  • HostName: has the name of the host parameter defined in the pod’s description.
  • Priority: node(s) considered as the best(s)
  • LeastRequestedPriority: calculates the percentage of memory and CPU requested by the pods that are already on the node. The node with the minimum percentage is the best.
  • BalancedResourceAllocation: nodes that have a similar memory and CPU usage.
  • ServiceSpreadingPriority: prefers the nodes that have different pods using them.
  • EqualPriority: only used for testing, give an equal priority to all the nodes in the cluster.


Comparison of container schedulers

Applications used to compare the schedulers

Voting application architecture, © Docker Inc [7]

Food Trucks Application

Voting application

Voting application organization, © Docker Inc [7]
EC2 machines to run the scalable application in a cluster.
Deploying a cluster using Mesos & Marathon can be done in 2 minutes.

Future work


Swarm frontends, © Docker Inc. [6]


A — policy-config-file.json

B — docker-compose.yml

C — Mesos app definition (Elasticsearch)

D — Appendix — Mesos app definition (Flask)

E — Kubernetes pod definition


Senior software engineer working remotely at D2iQ (formerly Mesosphere).

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Armand Grillet

Armand Grillet

Senior software engineer working remotely at D2iQ (formerly Mesosphere).

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