This is a place for various problem detectors running on the Kubernetes nodes.

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node-problem-detector aims to make various node problems visible to the upstream layers in cluster management stack. It is a DaemonSet detecting node problems and reporting them to apiserver. Now it is running as a Kubernetes Addon enabled by default in the GCE cluster.


There are tons of node problems could possibly affect the pods running on the node such as:

  • Hardware issues: Bad cpu, memory or disk;
  • Kernel issues: Kernel deadlock, corrupted file system;
  • Container runtime issues: Unresponsive runtime daemon;
  • ...

Currently these problems are invisible to the upstream layers in cluster management stack, so Kubernetes will continue scheduling pods to the bad nodes.

To solve this problem, we introduced this new daemon node-problem-detector to collect node problems from various daemons and make them visible to the upstream layers. Once upstream layers have the visibility to those problems, we can discuss the remedy system.

Problem API

node-problem-detector uses Event and NodeCondition to report problems to apiserver.

  • NodeCondition: Permanent problem that makes the node unavailable for pods should be reported as NodeCondition.
  • Event: Temporary problem that has limited impact on pod but is informative should be reported as Event.

Problem Daemon

A problem daemon is a sub-daemon of node-problem-detector. It monitors a specific kind of node problems and reports them to node-problem-detector.

A problem daemon could be:

  • A tiny daemon designed for dedicated usecase of Kubernetes.
  • An existing node health monitoring daemon integrated with node-problem-detector.

Currently, a problem daemon is running as a goroutine in the node-problem-detector binary. In the future, we'll separate node-problem-detector and problem daemons into different containers, and compose them with pod specification.

List of supported problem daemons:

Problem Daemon NodeCondition Description
KernelMonitor KernelDeadlock A problem daemon monitors kernel log and reports problem according to predefined rules.


Build Image

Run make in the top directory. It will:

  • Build the binary.
  • Build the docker image. The binary and config/ are copied into the docker image.
  • Upload the docker image to registry. By default, the image will be uploaded to It's easy to modify the Makefile to push the image to another registry

Start DaemonSet

  • Create a file node-problem-daemon.yaml with the following yaml.
apiVersion: extensions/v1beta1
kind: DaemonSet
  name: node-problem-detector
      hostNetwork: true
      - name: node-problem-detector
        imagePullPolicy: Always
          privileged: true
        - name: log
          mountPath: /log
          readOnly: true
      - name: log
        # Config `log` to your system log directory
          path: /var/log/
  • Edit node-problem-detector.yaml to fit your environment: Set log volueme to your system log diretory. (Used by KernelMonitor)
  • Create the DaemonSet with kubectl create -f node-problem-detector.yaml
  • If needed, you can use ConfigMap to overwrite the config/.


node-problem-detector has several flags:

  • --kernel-monitor: The path to the kernel monitor config file. Default: /config/kernel_monitor.json
  • --hostname-override: If non-empty, node problem detector will use the specified hostname as node identification. Default: ""
  • --insecure-connection: If true, node problem detector will skip TLS verification while connecting with apiserver. Default: false.