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Amazon EKS


Amazon EKS is a managed Kubernetes cluster that allows the execution of containerized workloads in the AWS cloud at scale.

Nextflow Tower offers native support for AWS EKS clusters and streamlines the deployment of Nextflow pipelines in such environments.


You need to have an EKS cluster up and running. Make sure you have followed the steps in the Cluster preparation guide to create the cluster resources required by Nextflow Tower.

Compute environment setup#

1. In a workspace choose "Compute environments" and then, click on the New Environment button.

2. Provide a name for this environment, for example, Amazon EKS (us-east-1).

3. Select Amazon EKS as the target platform.

4. Select your AWS credentials or create new ones. The credentials are needed to identify the user that will access the EKS cluster.


Make sure the user has the IAM permissions required to describe and list EKS clusters as explained at this link.

5. Specify the AWS region where the Kubernetes cluster is located e.g. us-west-1.

6. The field Cluster name lists all EKS clusters available in the selected region. Choose the one you want to use to deploy the Nextflow execution.

7. Specify the Kubernetes Namespace that should be used to deploy the pipeline execution.

If you have followed the example in the cluster preparation guide, this field should be tower-nf.

8. Specify the Kubernetes Head service account that will be used to grant permissions to Tower to deploy the pod executions.

If you have followed the cluster preparation guide, this field should be tower-launcher-sa.

9. The Storage claim field allows you to specify the storage Nextflow will use as a scratch file system for the pipeline execution.

This should reference a Kubernetes persistence volume with ReadWriteMany capability. See the cluster preparation guide for details.

Advanced options#

These options allow for the fine-tuning of the Tower configuration for the EKS cluster.

The following parameters are available:

1. The Storage mount path defines the file system path where the Storage claim is mounted.

Default: /scratch

2. The Work directory field defines the file system path used as the working directory by Nextflow pipelines. It must be the same or a subdirectory of the Storage mount path from previous point.

Default: the same as Storage mount path.

3. The Compute service account field allows you to specify the Kubernetes service account that the pipeline jobs should use. Default is the default service account in your Kubernetes cluster.


You now have everything you need to begin deploying massively scalable pipelines.

Jump to the documentation section for Launching Pipelines.