An Overview of Configuring a Cluster

Assuming Apple Qmaster software is installed on all the computers that you plan to use as part of the cluster, there are three basic steps involved in configuring a cluster.

Note: On any given Final Cut Studio system or network, the Compressor and Apple Qmaster versions (numbers) and the version of QuickTime must all match. For example, Compressor 3.0.5 will work only with the 3.0.5 version of Apple Qmaster, and no other version. In this example, the correct version of QuickTime is QuickTime 7.5.5 or later. Non-matching configurations are not supported.

  1. Stage 1: Configuring Service Nodes

    Configuring a service node to perform distributed processing is a matter of turning on processing services in the Apple Qmaster pane of System Preferences. Optionally, you can also set passwords at this time. See Configuring Service Nodes and Cluster Controllers for details.

  2. Stage 2: Configuring a Cluster Controller

    To configure a computer to control the cluster, turn on the cluster control services in the Apple Qmaster pane of System Preferences. See Turning Cluster Controller Services On or Off for more information.

  3. Stage 3: Creating a Cluster

    You can create a simple QuickCluster in the Apple Qmaster pane of System Preferences, or you can create a managed cluster from the service nodes and cluster controller using Apple Qadministrator. After a cluster is created, client applications on the same network can start sending batches to the cluster. You can use Apple Qadministrator from any computer (with Apple Qadministrator installed) that is on the same network as an Apple Qmaster cluster. See any of the following for more details:

Note: If you are an Apple Qmaster user and you want to create a cluster that includes computers that do not have Apple Qmaster installed, see the Apple Qmaster User Manual for instructions.