GKE release notes (new features)

This page documents new features in Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). You can periodically check this page for new feature announcements. The overall release notes also include the information in this page.

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September 21, 2023

The Observability dashboards on the GKE Clusters List, Cluster Details, and Workload List pages are now customizable. Additionally, the Cluster Details dashboards can be customized across the entire project, or per-cluster for specific use cases.

September 19, 2023

The me-central2 region in Dammam, Saudi Arabia is now available.

September 12, 2023

You can now use node auto-provisioning for TPU slices. With this feature, Standard clusters with GKE version 1.28 and later provision TPU node pools and multi-host TPU accelerators automatically to ensure the capacity required to schedule AI/ML workloads. To learn more, see Configuring TPU node auto-provisioning.

August 30, 2023

GKE now supports the ability to create nodes and workloads with multiple network interfaces. You can create new clusters with version 1.27 and later with multi networking enabled. The additional network interfaces on the Pods can be regular interfaces or high performance interfaces where the network interface is directly attached to the Pod. For more information, see Setup multi-network support for Pods.

Your clusters can now perform operations, such as node auto-provisioning or version upgrades, on multiple node pools in parallel. You no longer have to wait for an operation to complete before you initiate another operation. This feature is enabled for all GKE versions. This change provides you with benefits like the following:

  • More efficient scaling, which results in improved savings and faster workload deployment
  • Faster, less disruptive node pool upgrades
  • Fewer "operation already in progress" messages that could delay subsequent planned operations
  • More reliable rollback behavior to fix upgrade-related disruptions in production
  • Automatic control plane resize operations won't block other operations on the cluster

The Google Cloud Platform Terraform provider has also been updated to take advantage of this change.

August 29, 2023

You can now create Cloud Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) nodes in GKE to run AI workloads, from training to inference models. GKE manages your cluster by automating TPU resource provisioning, scaling, scheduling, repairing, and upgrading. GKE provides TPU infrastructure metrics in Cloud Monitoring, TPU logs, and error reports for better visibility and monitoring of TPU node pools in GKE clusters. TPUs are available with GKE Standard clusters. GKE supports TPU v4 in version 1.26.1.gke-1500 and later, and supports TPU v5e in version 1.27.2-gke.1500 and later. To learn more, see About TPUs in GKE.

You can now sequence the rollout of cluster upgrades across fleets or across scopes. To learn more, see About cluster upgrades with rollout sequencing.

August 25, 2023

GKE now delivers insights and recommendations to ensure your workloads are ready for disruption using features such as Pod Disruption Budgets. To learn more, see Ensure stateful workloads are disruption-ready.

August 22, 2023

The europe-west10 region in Berlin, Germany is now available.

August 17, 2023

You can now easily identify clusters that use deprecated Kubernetes APIs removed in versions 1.25, 1.26, and 1.27. Kubernetes deprecation insights are now available for these versions.

August 16, 2023

GKE Infrastructure Dashboards and Metrics Packages are now available for both GKE Autopilot and Standard clusters with control plane version 1.27.2-gke.1200 and later. You can now configure Autopilot or Standard clusters to export a predefined list of metrics emitted by GKE managed KSM (kube-state-metrics) for workloads state and Persistent Storage. These metrics are collected by Google Cloud Managed Service for Prometheus and are sent to Cloud Monitoring. You can also view new dashboards (Persistent and Workloads state) rendering those metrics in the Observability tab. For more information, see View observability metrics.

You can now troubleshoot issues with CPU limit utilization and Memory limit utilization of containers running in GKE by using the new "interactive playbook" dashboards in Cloud Monitoring.

August 09, 2023

The Filestore CSI driver now supports smaller share sizes (10Gi) for Filestore multishares for GKE for enterprise instances starting in version 1.27.

August 02, 2023

You can now run workloads on A100 80GB GPUs in Autopilot clusters that use GKE version 1.27 and later.

July 25, 2023

Kubernetes control plane logs and Kubernetes control plane metrics are now available for GKE Autopilot clusters with control plane version 1.22.0 and later and 1.22.13 and later, respectively. You can now configure Autopilot cluster to export logs and certain metrics emitted by the Kubernetes API server, scheduler, and controller manager to Cloud Logging and Cloud Monitoring.

July 24, 2023

GKE Autopilot supports extended duration Pods from 1.27 or later with the cluster-autoscaler.kubernetes.io/safe-to-evict=false annotation. To learn more, see how to extend the run time of Autopilot Pods.

July 13, 2023

The managed Cloud Storage FUSE CSI driver for GKE is now GA in versions 1.26.5 and later. You can use this driver to consume Cloud Storage buckets for GKE workloads.

July 12, 2023

GKE Dataplane V2 observability is now available in Public Preview starting in GKE versions 1.26.4-gke.500 or later, or 1.27.1-gke.400 or later. You can now enable Dataplane V2 metrics and observability tools on your cluster. Dataplane V2 metrics are included in new Autopilot clusters and opt-in for new Standard clusters. You can opt-in to enable Dataplane V2 observability tools for Autopilot and Standard clusters. Existing clusters can also be updated to enable metrics and observability tooling.

For more information, check out GKE Dataplane V2 observability.

In GKE version 1.24 and later, new beta APIs are, by default, disabled in new clusters. Starting in version 1.27, which is the first new minor version since 1.24 where new beta APIs are introduced, you can enable new APIs on cluster creation or for an existing cluster.

For more information, see how to Use Kubernetes beta APIs with GKE clusters.

July 11, 2023

You can now troubleshoot common GKE issues by using the new "interactive playbook" dashboards in Cloud Monitoring: unschedulable pods and crashlooping containers. You can also access the interactive playbooks from GKE UI insights and set alerts that will allow you to know once those issues occurs.

For information about using these dashboards, see the GKE troubleshooting documentation for unschedulable pods and crashlooping.

Starting in GKE version 1.27, cluster autoscaler always considers Compute Engine Reservations when making the scale-up decisions. The node pools with matching unused reservations are prioritized when choosing the node pool to scale up, even when the node pool is not the most efficient one. Additionally, unused reservations are always prioritized when balancing multi-zonal scale-ups.

For more information, see how to use cluster autoscaler.

July 10, 2023

The new release of the GKE Gateway controller (2023-R2) is now generally available. With this release, the GKE Gateway controller will provide the following new capabilities:

  • New GatewayClasses supporting the regional external Application Load Balancer
  • Identity-aware Proxy (IAP) Integration
  • Custom request and response headers
  • URL Rewrites and Path Redirects

To learn more, see the supported capabilities per GatewayClass.

June 26, 2023

Managed Service for Prometheus is enabled by default in new GKE Standard clusters running version 1.27 and later. Existing clusters that upgrade to 1.27 will not automatically enable this feature. For more information, see Enable managed collection: GKE.

June 23, 2023

Automatic GPU driver installation is available in version 1.27.2-gke.1200 and later, which enables you to install NVIDIA GPU drivers on nodes without manually applying a DaemonSet.

For instructions, see Running GPUs.

June 22, 2023

GKE Autopilot now supports the ability to deploy your own service mesh. Many service meshes, such as Istio or LinkerD, require CAP_NET_ADMIN Linux capability to function, which is disabled on Autopilot clusters by default to reduce the size of the security attack surface. You can now optionally enable NET_ADMIN on your Autopilot clusters if you need this capability for your service meshes or other opt-in use cases. See Autopilot Security for more information for how to enable NET_ADMIN.

June 21, 2023

GKE support for Hyperdisk Throughput and Hyperdisk Extreme as an attached persistent disk option is now generally available. Support is available for both Autopilot and Standard clusters running GKE versions 1.26 and later.

June 14, 2023

Clusters with low or no utilization can be identified by Idle Cluster insights.

June 12, 2023

Dual-stack LoadBalancer Services are now available in Preview. Dual-stack LoadBalancer Services are supported on both GKE Standard and Autopilot dual-stack clusters. To learn more, see Single-stack and dual-stack Services.

You can now use deprecation insights to identify clusters on versions 1.21 to 1.24 that use Pod Security Policy, which is unsupported on GKE version 1.25 and later.

June 09, 2023

In addition to the existing egress network policy GKE already supports, you can now control the egress traffic of your Pods by using a network policy that matches a fully-qualified domain name or a regular expression. FQDN Network Policy is now available in Preview for clusters in version 1.26.4-gke.500 and later, and 1.27.1-gke.400 and later. For more information, see Control Pod egress traffic using FQDN network policies.

June 01, 2023

Agones on GKE users will get recommendations and insights if they did not install the Agones controller on dedicated nodes.

May 26, 2023

The Observability tab for each of your GKE clusters now includes metrics for ephemeral storage. For more information, see View observability metrics.

May 22, 2023

The C3 machine family is generally available for GKE Standard clusters running on version 1.22 and later. You can select this family by using the --machine-type flag when creating a cluster or node pool.

The following features are not supported for this machine family:

  • Node auto-provisioning.
  • Confidential GKE nodes.
  • Local SSD.
  • Standard persistent disks (pd-standard).

For more information, refer to the C3 machine series documentation.

May 12, 2023

The g2-standard machine family with NVIDIA L4 is generally available for node pools in clusters running GKE version 1.22 and later. To select the machine family, use the --machine-type flag in your create command.

May 09, 2023

Now in GA for both GKE Standard and Autopilot clusters with GKE version 1.26 and later, you can add more IPv4 secondary Pod ranges to a new or existing cluster with the --additional-pod-ipv4-ranges flag. To learn more, see Adding Pod IP addresses.

May 02, 2023

The managed Cloud Storage FUSE CSI driver for GKE is now available in Preview in GKE versions 1.26.3 and later. You can use this driver to consume Cloud Storage buckets for GKE workloads.