Domino on AWS EKS

Domino 4 can run on a Kubernetes cluster provided by AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service. When running on EKS, the Domino 4 architecture uses AWS resources to fulfill the Domino cluster requirements as follows:

  • Kubernetes control moves to the EKS control plane with managed Kubernetes masters
  • Domino uses a dedicated Auto Scaling Group (ASG) of EKS workers to host the Domino platform
  • ASGs of EKS workers host elastic compute for Domino executions
  • AWS S3 is used to store user data, backups, and logs
  • AWS EFS is used to store Domino Datasets
  • The provisioner is used to create persistent volumes for Domino executions

All nodes in such a deployment have private IPs, and internode traffic is routed by internal load balancer. Nodes in the cluster can optionally have egress to the Internet through a NAT gateway.

Setting up an EKS cluster for Domino

This section describes how to configure an Amazon EKS cluster for use with Domino.


No namespace configuration is necessary prior to install. Domino will create three namespaces in the cluster during installation, according to the following specifications:

Namespace Contains
platform Durable Domino application, metadata, platform services required for platform operation
compute Ephemeral Domino execution pods launched by user actions in the application
domino-system Domino installation metadata and secrets

Node pools

The EKS cluster must have at least two ASGs that produce worker nodes with the following specifications and distinct node labels, and it may include an optional GPU pool:

Pool Min-Max Instance Disk Labels
platform 3-3 m5.4xlarge 128G platform
default 1-20 m5.2xlarge 400G default domino/build-node: true
default-gpu (optional) 0-5 p3.2xlarge 400G default-gpu

The platform ASG can run in 1 availability zone or across 3 availability zones. If you want Domino to run with some components deployed as highly available ReplicaSets you must use 3 availability zones. Using 2 zones is not supported, as it results in an even number of nodes in a single failure domain.

To run the default and default-gpu pools across multiple availability zones, you will need duplicate ASGs in each zone with the same configuration, including the same labels, to ensure pods are delivered to the zone where the required ephemeral volumes are available.

Additional ASGs can be added with distinct labels to make other instance types available for Domino executions. Read Managing the Domino compute grid to learn how these different node types are referenced by label from the Domino application.

Docker bridge

By default, AWS AMIs do not have bridge networking enabled for Docker containers. Domino requires this for environment builds. Add --enable-docker-bridge true to the user data of the launch configuration used by all Domino ASG nodes.

  1. Create a copy of the launch configuration used by each Domino ASG.
  2. Open the User data field and add --enable-docker-bridge true to the copied launch configuration.
  3. Switch the Domino ASGs to use the new launch configuration.
  4. Drain any existing nodes in the ASG.

Dynamic block storage

The EKS cluster must be equipped with an EBS-backed storage class that Domino will use to provision ephemeral volumes for user execution. Consult the following storage class specification as an example.

kind: StorageClass
  name: domino-compute-storage
  type: gp2
  fsType: ext4

Datasets storage

An EFS file system must be provisioned and configured to allow access from the EKS cluster’s ClusterSharedNodeSecurityGroup via TCP on port 2049. Configure a mount point for each availability zone that Domino compute nodes will run in, and record these mount addresses for use when installing Domino.

Blob storage

When running in EKS, Domino can use Amazon S3 for durable object storage.

Create the following three S3 buckets:

  • 1 bucket for user data
  • 1 bucket for logs
  • 1 bucket for backups

Configure each bucket to permit read and write access from the EKS cluster. This involves applying an IAM policy to the nodes in the cluster that grants the following actions on the target buckets:

  • s3:ListBucket
  • s3:PutObject
  • s3:GetObject
  • s3:DeleteObject

Record the names of these buckets for use when installing Domino.


Domino will need to be configured to serve from a specific FQDN. To serve Domino securely over HTTPS, you will also need an SSL certificate that covers the chosen name. Record the FQDN for use when installing Domino.

Checking your EKS cluster

If you’ve applied the configurations described above to your EKS cluster, it should be able to run the Domino cluster requirements checker without errors. If the checker runs successfully, you are ready for Domino to be installed in the cluster.

Sample cluster configuration

See below for a sample YAML configuration file you can use with eksctl, the official EKS command line tool, to create a Domino-compatible cluster.

Note that after creating a cluster with this configuration, you must still create the EFS and S3 storage systems and configure them for access from the cluster as described above.

# $LOCAL_DIR/cluster.yaml

kind: ClusterConfig

  name: domino-test-cluster
  region: us-west-2

  - name: domino-platform
    instanceType: m5.4xlarge
    minSize: 3
    maxSize: 3
    desiredCapacity: 3
    volumeSize: 128
    availabilityZones: ["us-west-2a", "us-west-2b", "us-west-2c"]
      "": "platform"
  - name: domino-default
    instanceType: m5.2xlarge
    minSize: 0
    maxSize: 10
    desiredCapacity: 1
    volumeSize: 400
    availabilityZones: ["us-west-2a", "us-west-2b", "us-west-2c"]
      "": "default"
      "domino/build-node": "true"
      "": "default"
      "": "true"
      - "cp /etc/docker/daemon.json /etc/docker/daemon_backup.json"
      - "echo -e '.bridge=\"docker0\" | .\"live-restore\"=false' >  /etc/docker/jq_script"
      - "jq -f /etc/docker/jq_script /etc/docker/daemon_backup.json | tee /etc/docker/daemon.json"
      - "systemctl restart docker"
  - name: domino-gpu
    instanceType: p2.8xlarge
    minSize: 0
    maxSize: 5
    volumeSize: 400
    availabilityZones: ["us-west-2a", "us-west-2b", "us-west-2c"]
      "": "default-gpu"
      "": "true"
      "": "default-gpu"

availabilityZones: ["us-west-2a", "us-west-2b", "us-west-2c"]