Container Request Right Sizing Recommendation API (V2)

Container Request Right Sizing Recommendation API (V2)

GET http://<kubecost-address>/model/savings/requestSizingV2

The container request right sizing recommendation API provides recommendations for container resource requests based on configurable parameters and estimates the savings from implementing those recommendations on a per-container, per-controller level. If the cluster-level resources stay static, then there may not be significant savings from applying Kubecost's recommendations until you reduce your cluster resources. Instead, your idle allocation will increase.

Query Parameters




Duration of time over which to query. Accepts multiple different formats of time (see this Using the window parameter section for more info). It's recommended to provide a window greater than 2d for accurate sampling.



The algorithm to be used to calculate CPU recommendations based on historical CPU usage data. Options are max and quantile. Max recommendations are based on the maximum-observed usage in window. Quantile recommendations are based on a quantile of observed usage in window (requires the qCPU parameter to set the desired quantile). Defaults to max. To use the quantile algorithm, the ContainerStats Pipeline must be enabled (it will be enabled by default).



Like algorithmCPU, but for RAM recommendations.


float in the range (0, 1]

The desired quantile to base CPU recommendations on. Only used if algorithmCPU is set to quantile, quantileOfAverages, or quantileOfMaxes. Note: a quantile of 0.95 is the same as a 95th percentile.


float in the range (0, 1]

Like qCPU, but for RAM recommendations.


float in the range (0, 1]

A ratio of headroom on the base recommended CPU request. If the base recommendation is 100 mCPU and this parameter is 0.8, the recommended CPU request will be 100 / 0.8 = 125 mCPU. Defaults to 0.7. Inputs that fail to parse (see Go docs here) will default to 0.7.


float in the range (0, 1]

Calculated like targetCPUUtilization.



Lower bound, in millicores, of the CPU recommendation. Defaults to 10. Be careful when modifying below 10 for the following reason. Kubernetes currently recommends a maximum of 110 pods per node. A 10m minimum recommendation allows close to that (if all nodes are single core) while also being a round number.



Lower bound, in bytes, of the RAM recommendation. Defaults to 20MiB (20 * 1024 * 1024).



A filter to reduce the set of workloads for which recommendations will be calculated. See our Filter Parameters doc for syntax. v1 filters are also supported.



Column to sort the response by. Defaults to totalSavings. Options are totalSavings, currentEfficiency, cpuRecommended, cpuLatest, memoryRecommended, and memoryLatest.



Order to sort by. Defaults to descending. Options are descending and ascending.



Displays all labels and annotations associated with each container request when set to true. Default is false.

        "clusterID": "...",
        "namespace": "...",
        "controllerKind": "...",
        "controllerName": "...",
        "containerName": "...",
        "recommendedRequest": {
            "cpu": "00m",
            "memory": "00Mi"
        "monthlySavings": {
            "cpu": 0.00,
            "memory": 0.00
        "latestKnownRequest": {
            "cpu": "00m",
            "memory": "00Mi"
        "currentEfficiency": {
            "cpu": 0.00,
            "memory": 0.00,
            "total": 0.00

API examples


curl -G \
  -d 'algorithmCPU=quantile' \
  -d 'qCPU=0.95' \
  -d 'algorithmRAM=max' \
  -d 'targetCPUUtilization=0.8' \
  -d 'targetRAMUtilization=0.8' \
  -d 'window=3d' \
  --data-urlencode 'filter=namespace:"kubecost"+container:"cost-model"' \

Querying with /topline endpoint to view cost totals across query

/topline is an optional API endpoint which can be added to your right-sizing query via .../savings/RequestSizingV2/topline... to provide a condensed overview of all items sampled. TotalMonthlySavings is the total estimated savings value from adopting right-sizing recommendations. Count refers to the number of items sampled. Recommendations should return null, as it is unable to provide a universal right-sizing recommendation.

    "TotalMonthlySavings": ,
    "Count": ,
    "Recommendations": null 

Recommendation methodology

The "base" recommendation is calculated from the observed usage of each resource per unique container spec (e.g. a 2-replica, 3-container deployment will have 3 recommendations: one for each container spec).

Say you have a single-container deployment with two replicas: A and B.

  • A's container had peak usages of 120 mCPU and 300 MiB of RAM.

  • B's container had peak usages of 800 mCPU and 120 MiB of RAM.

The max algorithm recommendation for the deployment's container will be 800 mCPU and 300 MiB of RAM. Overhead will be added to the base recommendation according to the target utilization parameters as described above.

Applying your request sizing recommendations

After providing you with right sizing recommendations, Kubecost can additionally directly implement these recommendations into your environment. For more information, see the Container Request Recommendation Apply/Plan APIs doc.

Savings projection methodology

See V1 docs.

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