Sample Setup for Part-Time Processing on Desktop Computers

This section takes you through the basic steps involved in a sample setup for “part-time” distributed processing. You can use it to get an idea of the kind of distributed processing environment you want to create, and as a guide in setting up that environment.

This setup is for an environment that uses desktop computers. It is called “part-time” processing because each computer acts as someone’s workstation, but at the same time is also part of the distributed processing cluster. The bulk of the processing jobs can be submitted with Compressor or Apple Qmaster at the end of the day, so that the computers are busy processing a large queue of distributed processing batches after everyone has gone home. (See Scheduling Service Availability in the Work Schedule Dialog for information on scheduling service node availability.)

Figure. Diagram showing a network of five computers in which each computer acts as both a client and a service node.

In the sample setup shown above, five computers act as both the clients (user workstations from which users submit jobs for distributed processing) and cluster computers (which do the processing). Each computer has an additional volume, such as a FireWire drive, that is used for media before and after it is rendered, and for the associated files.

For more information on how to configure this desktop distributed processing environment, see Configuring Access for Part-Time Distributed Processing.