Last modified April 24, 2020

Similar EC2 Instance Types


Handling of similar instance types is done in aws-operator since version 8.3.1, which has been introduced with Giant Swarm release v11.2.0 .

Read more about the use of similar instance types in our general article about node pools.

aws-operator creates an Auto Scaling Group (ASG) for every node pool. If the creator of the node pool activates the use of similar instance types, aws-operator looks up a list of similar instance types and configures the ASG to use all of them. The authoritative lookup list can be found in the aws-operator source.

Type mapping

Series Selected type Enabled types
m4 m4.xlarge m4.xlarge, m5.xlarge
m4 m4.2xlarge m4.2xlarge, m5.2xlarge
m4 m4.4xlarge m4.4xlarge, m5.4xlarge
m5 m5.xlarge m4.xlarge , m5.xlarge
m5 m5.2xlarge m4.2xlarge, m5.2xlarge
m5 m5.4xlarge m4.4xlarge, m5.4xlarge
r4 r4.xlarge r4.xlarge, r5.xlarge
r4 r4.2xlarge r4.2xlarge, r5.2xlarge
r4 r4.4xlarge r4.4xlarge, r5.4xlarge
r4 r4.8xlarge r4.8xlarge, r5.8xlarge
r5 r5.xlarge r4.xlarge, r5.xlarge
r5 r5.2xlarge r4.2xlarge, r5.2xlarge
r5 r5.4xlarge r4.4xlarge, r5.4xlarge
r5 r5.8xlarge r4.8xlarge, r5.8xlarge

If the type you are using for your node pool is not contained in the list above, activating the use of similar instance types has no effect.

Further reading