Deploy a Test Application

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If all verification steps in the preceding stages were satisfied, then Mayastor has been successfully deployed within the cluster. In order to verify basic functionality, we will now dynamically provision a Persistent Volume based on a Mayastor StorageClass, mount that volume within a small test pod which we'll create, and use the Flexible I/O Tester utility within that pod to check that I/O to the volume is processed correctly.

Define the PVC

Use kubectl to create a PVC based on a StorageClass that you created in the previous stage. In the example shown below, we'll consider that StorageClass to have been named "mayastor-1". Replace the value of the field "storageClassName" with the name of your own Mayastor-based StorageClass.

For the purposes of this quickstart guide, it is suggested to name the PVC "ms-volume-claim", as this is what will be illustrated in the example steps which follow.

cat <<EOF | kubectl create -f -
apiVersion: v1
kind: PersistentVolumeClaim
  name: ms-volume-claim
  - ReadWriteOnce
      storage: 1Gi
  storageClassName: mayastor-1

If you used the storage class example from previous stage, then volume binding mode is set to WaitForFirstConsumer. That means, that the volume won't be created until there is an application using the volume. We will go ahead and create the application pod and then check all resources that should have been created as part of that in kubernetes.

Deploy the FIO Test Pod

The Mayastor CSI driver will cause the application pod and the corresponding Mayastor volume's NVMe target/controller ("Nexus") to be scheduled on the same Mayastor Node, in order to assist with restoration of volume and application availabilty in the event of a storage node failure.

In this version, applications using PVs provisioned by Mayastor can only be successfully scheduled on Mayastor Nodes. This behaviour is controlled by the local: parameter of the corresponding StorageClass, which by default is set to a value of true. Therefore, this is the only supported value for this release - setting a non-local configuration may cause scheduling of the application pod to fail, as the PV cannot be mounted to a worker node other than a MSN. This behaviour will change in a future release.

kubectl apply -f

Verify the Volume and the Deployment

We will now verify the Volume Claim and that the corresponding Volume and Mayastor Volume resources have been created and are healthy.

Verify the Volume Claim

The status of the PVC should be "Bound".

kubectl get pvc ms-volume-claim

Verify the Persistent Volume

Substitute the example volume name with that shown under the "VOLUME" heading of the output returned by the preceding "get pvc" command, as executed in your own cluster

kubectl get pv pvc-fe1a5a16-ef70-4775-9eac-2f9c67b3cd5b

Verify the Mayastor Volume

The status of the volume should be "online".

To verify the status of volume Mayastor Kubectl plugin is used.

kubectl mayastor get volumes

Verify the application

Verify that the pod has been deployed successfully, having the status "Running". It may take a few seconds after creating the pod before it reaches that status, proceeding via the "ContainerCreating" state.

Note: The example FIO pod resource declaration included with this release references a PVC named ms-volume-claim, consistent with the example PVC created in this section of the quickstart. If you have elected to name your PVC differently, deploy the Pod using the example YAML, modifying the claimName field appropriately.

kubectl get pod fio

Run the FIO Tester Application

We now execute the FIO Test utility against the Mayastor PV for 60 seconds, checking that I/O is handled as expected and without errors. In this quickstart example, we use a pattern of random reads and writes, with a block size of 4k and a queue depth of 16.

kubectl exec -it fio -- fio --name=benchtest --size=800m --filename=/volume/test --direct=1 --rw=randrw --ioengine=libaio --bs=4k --iodepth=16 --numjobs=8 --time_based --runtime=60

If no errors are reported in the output then Mayastor has been correctly configured and is operating as expected. You may create and consume additional Persistent Volumes with your own test applications.

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