Oh, hi there
tl;dr: we’re still moving MediaWiki into Kubernetes in Wikimedia
Production; there are resources on Wikitech for folks interested in
learning more about the specifics of our Kubernetes pipeline.
Kubernetes is the future deployment platform for most Wikimedia code.
The developer and deployment experience under Kubernetes will
(hopefully) be easier and safer and developers will have more
The first Wikimedia production service (Mathoid) moved to Kubernetes
in July, 2018. Today there are 25 services using our production
Kubernetes infrastructure serving 30,000 requests per second, about
67-ish% of our overall traffic. All services are deployed by their
service owners without much oversight.
Our Docker registry contains 311 Docker images with 7,690 tags. Our
production images are built via Continuous Integration (CI), using our
deployment pipeline. Blubber and PipelineLib were introduced in
2018 to allow developers to specify how they wanted their CI to run
and when to publish images to our shared registry.
Now we’re in the process of applying all we’ve learned from our
service migration to the MediaWiki migration to Kubernetes.
* Open Container Initiative (OCI)-compatible MediaWiki images
* Built, tested, and promoted by the image pipeline
* Deployed to Kubernetes via Helm
* Serving production traffic
* Development - Standard platform for development and production
* Deployment - Safer, simpler, industry standard
* Production - Increased capacity, redundancy, reliability
* We’re building Docker images and Helm charts
** Release Engineering crammed all 184 branched extensions, 4 skins,
vendor, and core Mediawiki code into a single image alongside our
massive localization of 435 languages
** ServiceOps is working on php-fpm, apache, nutcracker, mcrouter and
envoy images and their corresponding helm charts
* We’re making our Kubernetes better
** ServiceOps has upgraded our base images and Kubernetes cluster
* Figuring out how deployments work
** Backports, security releases, and train
* Figuring out how image upgrades work
** Is a php-fpm upgrade a deployment now? What does that look like?
* Figuring out how our Wikimedia configuration changes
** Currently a change to configuration requires a code change, does
this code change kick off a whole image build?
Kubernetes will be very impactful in our production services and we
would like to encourage those interested in this change to become
familiar with its concepts.
Please have a look at our collected Wikitech Kubernetes education
resources, tutorials, and guides. Add material if you have had a
good experience with a class or tutorial.
Otherwise stay tuned and watch that page for additional resources to
be added. You will hear from us again as we have additional things to
Tyler Cipriani (he/him) (On behalf of all the fine folks working on
Kubernetes for MediaWiki)
Engineering Manager, Release Engineering
*subject line reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_More_You_Know