A cluster consists of at least one cluster control plane machine and multiple worker machines called nodes. Nodes are Compute Engine virtual machine (VM) instances that run the Kubernetes processes necessary to make them part of the cluster. You deploy applications to clusters, and the applications run on the nodes.
The following command creates a one-node cluster. Replace cluster-name with the name of your cluster.
$ gcloud container clusters create cluster-name --num-nodes=1
NAME LOCATION MASTER_VERSION MASTER_IP MACHINE_TYPE NODE_VERSION NUM_NODES STATUS
newcluster us-east1-b xx.x.x-gke.401 xx.xx.xx.xx n1-standard-1 xx.xxx.xx-gke.401 1 RUNNING