I'm looking for an advice whether it's possible to run K8s master + node on 2G x86_64 box? Atomic PI is based on X86 and has 2G while it's cheap. If I want 4G or 8G boards such as LattePanda Alpha or Udoo X86, they cost nearly 10 times more.

1) So first question whether it's possible to build a cluster and it will work without any extra pods/services on 2G three boxes?

2) What will be approximate remaining RAM left? So I will be able to start some service for demonstration/learning purpose to see how ingress, built-in load balancer, cert-manager or similar things work.

3) Is Atomic PI suitable at all? Some specs here: Intel Atom x5-Z8350 quad core CPU with 2M Cache 1.92 Ghz, 16G SD card, 2GB DDR3L-1600, architecture x86 64 bit, runs Ubuntu 18.04 x86_64

4) Any ways to compensate memory usage (e.g. exclude dashboard, etc.)? How about starting kubelet with --fail-swap-on=false and specifying no memory limits for my app containers. The purpose is to use swap, because I'm not interested in performance in this project.

Preferred 3 boards in total as masters and nodes.

Thank you


Looking at the memory requirements 2GB could be not enough to run it.

Minimal required memory & CPU (cores)

  • Master node’s minimal required memory is 2GB and the worker node needs minimum is 1GB
  • The master node needs at least 1.5 and the worker node need at least 0.7 cores.

However there are other solution that you may find interesting such as lightweight kubernetes solutions:

k3s is a lightweight Kubernetes distribution in less than 40 MB. It`s is very easy to install, and only requires 512 MB of RAM It works great with something small like Rasppberry but also with some bigger servers as well.

Alternative option is:

This is similar and have small disk and memory footprint. Basic installtion has bare minimum components but you can adjust it using Addons such as dashboard, fluentd, ingress or helm.

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