Simple queue on GKE


I have a very simple scenario. I’ve got 2 different auto-scaled node pools: A and B and 2 different types of jobs: jA (can only use nodes A) and jB (can only use nodes B). Every job creates a single pod and uses a single node, there can’t be more than 1 pod running on a single node at the same time.

I want 2 strict FIFO queues to nodes of type A and nodes of type B. I thought that this was a default scheduling strategy, but recently I discovered it is not. There were 4 unscheduled pods and the last one created was scheduled before the first one.

I thought about using Kueue, but they require specifying a nominal quota. Is the solution to create 2 cluster queues qA and qB and specify the nominal quota of pods to max_number_of_nodes in the node pool? Are there simpler solutions?

Thank you!

Cluster information:

Kubernetes version: 1.27.3-gke.1700
Cloud being used: GKE
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