What is Volcano

Volcano is a Kubernetes native system for high performance workload, which has been accepted by Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as the first and unique container batch calculation project. It provides a suite of mechanisms currently missing from Kubernetes that are commonly required by many categories of high performance workload such as machine learning / big data application / scientific computing / special effects rendering, etc. As a general batch computing platform, Volcano integrates with almost all mainstream computing frameworks such as Spark / TensorFlow / PyTorch / Flink / Argo / MindSpore / PaddlePaddle, etc. It can also provide powerful hybrid scheduling capabilities for heterogeneous devices include CPU / GPU of various mainstream architectures. Volcano builds upon a decade and a half of experience running a wide variety of high performance workloads at scale using several systems and platforms, combined with best-of-breed ideas and practices from the open source community.

Why is Volcano

Since the growing requirement of high performance workload from lots of new scenes, job scheduling and management tends to be necessary and complex. Common requirements are listed as follows:

  • diversity of scheduling algorithm
  • more efficient scheduling performance
  • no intrusive support for mainstream computing frameworks
  • support for heterogeneous devices

Volcano is designed according to these demands. Besides, Volcano inherits the interface style and design concept of kubernetes. So you can enjoy the efficiency and convenience of Volcano without changing any habits of using Kubernetes.


Rich scheduling strategy

Volcano supports various scheduling strategy including:

  • Gang-scheduling
  • Fair-share scheduling
  • Queue scheduling
  • Preemption scheduling
  • Topology-based scheduling
  • Reclaims
  • Backfill
  • Resource Reservation

Benefit from extensible framework, Volcano allows users to implement custom plugins and actions to support more scheduling algorithms.

Enhanced job management

Volcano provides enhanced job type to adapt to high performance computing scenarios. The features are as follows:

  • Multi-pod job
  • Improved error handling
  • Indexed job

Support for heterogeneous devices and architectures

Volcano can provide hybrid scheduling capability of computing resources based on multiple architectures:

  • x86
  • ARM
  • Kunpeng
  • Ascends
  • GPU

Performance optimization

Comparing traditional queue scheduler, Volcano improves the average scheduling delay by a series of optimization measures.


Volcano has already support almost all mainstream computing frameworks:

In addition, Volcano has been used as infrastructure base by several companies and organizations.