Getting Started Quickly Using QuickClusters

QuickClusters offer a simple and automated way to create and configure clusters, as well as an alternative to creating and configuring clusters manually with Apple Qadministrator. QuickClusters with enabled unmanaged support automatically configure themselves and use any available unmanaged services on the same local network (subnet). QuickClusters listen for unmanaged service advertisements and may mark or remember any of them for later use.

The Apple Qmaster distributed processing system has default settings that allow you to use distributed processing immediately.

Stage 1: Installing the Software

Install Compressor on the computers you want to include in your distributed processing network.

To install the software
  1. Install Compressor for use as a client on at least one computer in your network.

    In order to submit jobs and batches to the distributed processing system, you need to use client (submission) software (Compressor or Apple Qmaster).

  2. Install Compressor on each computer you want to use for distributed processing. (All computers must be on the same subnet.)

Note: Within a distributed processing system, the Compressor, QuickTime, and Mac OS versions must all be identical.

Stage 2: Configuring a QuickCluster

Use the Apple Qmaster Sharing window to configure the cluster controller and service node computers.

To configure the cluster controller and service node computers
  1. In Compressor, choose Apple Qmaster > Share This Computer.

    The Apple Qmaster Sharing pane appears.

  2. Select the “Share this computer” checkbox.

    Figure. "Share this computer" section in the Apple Qmaster Sharing window.

    All other settings in this window should be correct by default:

    • The “as QuickCluster with services” option should be selected.

    • Rendering should not be selected.

    • Compressor should be selected.

    • “Require these services to only be used in managed clusters” should not be selected.

    • A default name for this QuickCluster appears in the “Identify this QuickCluster as” text area.

    • “Include unmanaged services from other computers” should be selected.

    • “Require password” should not be selected.

    For more information about these settings, see About Basic Settings in the Apple Qmaster Sharing Window.

  3. Click OK.

This creates a QuickCluster with this computer as its controller and one instance of processing services. For information about multiple service instances, see Using Virtual Clusters to Make the Most of Multicore Computers.

Stage 3: Adding Service Nodes to a Cluster

Do the following on each computer that you would like to make an unmanaged service node on your cluster.

To add a service node to a cluster
  1. In Compressor, choose Apple Qmaster > Share This Computer.

    The Apple Qmaster Sharing pane appears.

  2. Select “Share this computer” and “as Services only.”

    Figure. "Share this computer" section in the Apple Qmaster Sharing window.

    All other settings in this window should be correct by default:

    • Rendering and Compressor should both be selected.

    • “Require these services to only be used in managed clusters” should not be selected.

    • All other settings are disabled.

    For more information about these settings, see About Basic Settings in the Apple Qmaster Sharing Window.

  3. Click OK.

    This creates a service node that will automatically process jobs submitted to the QuickCluster you set up in Stage 2: Configuring a QuickCluster.

Stage 4: Creating and Submitting a Batch

In the Compressor Batch window or in the Apple Qmaster window, create a batch with one or more jobs. See Finalizing Jobs and Submitting Batches or the Apple Qmaster User Manual for details.

To submit the batch
  1. Do one of the following:

    • If you are using Compressor: In the Compressor Batch window, click Submit, and in the resulting dialog, use the Cluster pop-up menu to choose the cluster you created in stage 2.
    • If you are using Apple Qmaster: In the Apple Qmaster window, choose the cluster you created in stage 2 from the Submit To pop-up menu.
  2. Click Submit.

    The distributed processing system processes the batch.