On-demand runners allow a single Waypoint installation to scale very high by leveraging the defined platform to spawn resources to execute Waypoint jobs remotely. Through on-demand runner profiles and runner targeting, Waypoint can even utilize resources from other platforms that Waypoint has access to. For example, a local Kubernetes server install could be configured to use Amazon ECS to execute jobs.
When a job is submitted to the server, if on-demand runners are enabled, it will spawn an on-demand runner and the job is placed in a holding set. This is the same mechanism we use for automatic CLI runners. When the on-demand runner starts, it will execute the normal Waypoint runner code and connect back to the server. On connection, the server will see the job in the holding set and send it immediately to the new runner.
The flow of information about the job uses the normal grpc runner APIs so all the input and output remain the same as if the work were performed by the CLI-runner.
Upon finishing the job, the on-demand runner will exit and the platform it runs on will reclaim its resources.
»Launching Tasks to Execute Jobs
When Waypoint goes to launch an on-demand runner task, it will generate three jobs:
The start job is responsible for scheduling a resource in the platform to execute
the assigned job. Once that resource exists, it will be a
TaskJob that is
responsible for actually running the assigned job. Once it's complete, the task
plugin system will launch a stop job to clean up the launched platform resource.
»On-Demand Runner Profiles
Users can configure Waypoint server to launch on-demand runners with specific configurations. These configurations are set through on-demand runner profiles. See runner profiles for more information.
By default, the server will launch on-demand runners using the same OCI image it was configured with. The on-demand configuration will also accept a specific OCI image url to use instead. This allows operators the ability to prepackage any Waypoint plugins into the image and use them in their configuration.
The official on-demand runner container image is built very similar to Waypoint
server, with some additional packages such as
Kaniko for doing in-container
builds for jobs like the
See the runner profile docs on OCI URLs for more information.
»Official Waypoint Supported Task Plugin Platforms
When you use the
waypoint server install command, we automatically set up a
default On-Demand runner profile for you to use with Waypoint Server. Like our
server install platform support, we also currently support these platforms
for launching on-demand runner tasks:
»Adding on-demand runner support for other platforms
On-demand runner support can be implemented for additional platforms using the plugin SDK.
Plugins expect to fulfill the SDK interface with the following functions:
These functions are what will launch and stop the spawned resource with the task launcher.
Task plugins also can accept
TaskLauncherConfig configuration which users can
configure through an on-demand runner profile.