Author Topic: System recommendation for Supervisor?  (Read 2138 times)

buckwheat

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System recommendation for Supervisor?
« on: December 20, 2006, 03:30:14 AM »
I am about to set up and configure cubic, but have a questions as to the best approach when choosing the supervisor machine.

We're running windows (4 server systems and a handful of workstations) all in a single domain on a single subnet.

The question I have is can the worker operate on the same machine as the supervisor?  I don't want to make the mistake of nominating a server as the supervisor role, and end up losing all the processing power that system could provide as a worker.  (I hope I explained that thought process correctly :))

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

anthony

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Re: System recommendation for Supervisor?
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2006, 04:30:46 AM »
Hey buckwheat,

    Good question.  This is best answered by your situation.  The supervisor itself works perfectly normally with other processes around it.  That said, normally we do not recommend running the supervisor on the same machine as that of a worker.  This is because renderers especially those used on film projects tend to grab all of the available ram and end up starving out other processes (thrashing).  Because of this, the supervisor daemon may be forced to shut down or will be significantly less responsive. 

    In practice, it is better to use a slower machine (one which can't do rendering anyway...) as the supervisor rather than have it share a single fast machine with a rendering process on it.  We typically test the supervisor's performance in running a farm larger than the one you have mentioned using a 550 Mhz PIII w/ 512 mb of ram.  You'll also find it easier to perform supervisor maintenence and can more easily control physical access to the host to prevent users from granting themselves access beyond that approved by the administrator.

    Beyond this recommendation, the Supervisor itself is ok with co-existing with other applications.

      Thanks,
             Anthony - Pipelinefx L.L.C. Support