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Estimated Duration

alpha

v2.12 and after

When you run a workflow, the controller will try to estimate its duration.

This is based on the most recently successful workflow submitted from the same workflow template, cluster workflow template or cron workflow.

To get this data, the controller queries the Kubernetes API first (as this is faster) and then workflow archive (if enabled).

If you've used tools like Jenkins, you'll know that that estimates can be inaccurate:

  • A pod spent a long amount of time pending scheduling.
  • The workflow is non-deterministic, e.g. it uses when to execute different paths.
  • The workflow can vary is scale, e.g. sometimes it uses withItems and so sometimes run 100 nodes, sometimes a 1000.
  • If the pod runtimes are unpredictable.
  • The workflow is parameterized, and different parameters affect its duration.