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Service Mesh Autoscale Test

A autoscale, (fully) automated, Infrastructure as code aproach to Istio.

Design Overview

In a world of containers and microservices, the management complexity scalates, understanding complex behaviours under heavy distributed workloads is challenging to say the least, while scaling but don’t overprovision is a must.

Full architectural design can be found in


In order to run the following we need a GCP account. And highly recomend the FREE TIER activation

IMPORTANT. You must visit the Kubernetes engine page in order to enable the API. :face-palm:

Once you get that manual step ready, please fetch the ORG_ID and store it in the .envrc file in TF_VAR_org_id.

Required packages
  • make 4.1
  • terraform 0.12.7
  • gcloud 259.0.0
  • kubectl 1.15.3
  • curl 7.58.0
  • golang 1.12.8
Optional packages
  • direnv (you must load manually perform make .envrc steps)
  • helm 2.14.3


# TL; DR
make infra
make topology
make deploy
make stress


First time lanching make infra it will create 2 files, .envrc for direnv and gcp.json for gcloud credentials. It requires a TF_VAR_org_id filled with the correct org_id.

  • .envrc is created by coping .envrc.tpl and letting you edit the file to populate the project_id value.
  • gcp.json is created by first, create a project with terraform in the google acount with the name of TF_VAR_project_id (default: sm-autoscale) and use the newly created project to generate the gcp.json file and store it GOOGLE_CREDENTIALS for later scripts.
  • make infra will launch the terraform for create a gke stack with istio.


Once the environment is completed is time to tweack the application to launch. inside the src folder there is a service-graph.yaml file that describes a graph to test istio capabilities. it uses istio-tools/isotope to quicly draft connectivity graphs. you can uses the examples in the example-topologies folder of that repo.

As public entrypoint it exposes a fortio app to stress the previosly created graph.

  • make topology translates the service-graph.yaml to a topology-path.yaml automatically to kubernetes, but it can be translate to graphviz also to see it.


Once you have a target infrastructe and a topology-path.yaml is time to upload the application.

  • make deploy will create the deployment with kubectl, create a autoscale rule and expose the fortio client to in ingress endpoint <ingress_endpoint>:8080/fortio
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