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Groups let you split your services along boundaries that make sense for your team.

Groups are collections of services in your workspace. Groups can be used to split services by team, workload (public or private) or by hardware.

What is a group?

Each service in a PowerTools workspace declares a group that it belongs to:

# service.yml
group: main

Your .powertools/workspace.yml schema is how you configure groups:

# .powertools/workspace.yml
  - name: main
    instance_type: c3.large
    disk_size: 500gb
    instances: 1 - 10

Each group exists in each environment. You can think of environments as a way to control what stage a service is in (from test to released), while groups describe what type of service it is.

Why use groups

You can use groups to create boundaries between services.


You can split services by team, by creating a new group for each team. The users block for a group let's you control who has access to develop, deploy and operate the services in that group.


Splitting services by workload such as "public", "private" or "priority" can be useful. Depending on what type of systems your team builds, PowerTools groups can be used to split and isolate workloads.

A common best practice is to run all public services in their own group.


Groups can be used to run services on custom hardware. For instance, if you would like to run your container workloads on GPU enabled instances, you can add the following to your group config:

  - name: gpu_enabled
    gpu_enabled: true
    instance_type: p3.large

Groups can be used to run on "temporary" or spot instances which are often cheaper:

  - name: spot
    spot_enabled: true
    instance_type: m3.medium

You can choose whether groups share the same nodepool in an environment by setting the  create_node_group_pools flag in each environment config.

Add a new group

To add a new group, simply add a group block to your .powertools/workspace.yml schema.

  - name: main
    default: true
    machine_type: c3.xlarge

    gpu_enabled: false
    spot_enabled: false

    disk_size: 500
    nodes: 1 -> 6

By default, most templates using pt new --kind=workspace will add a single group.

Group node pools

Groups exist in each environment. By default, each environment in your workspace will provision a node pool for each group.

This often makes sense in production or release environments, but can be expensive in test environments. To use a single node group for all of your groups in a test environment, simply add the following config in your .powertools/workspace.yml schema:

  - name: testing
    create_group_node_pools: false