The slaves can be configured from the Monitor while in Super User Mode by right-clicking on one or more of them and selecting Modify Slave Settings. You can also configure the Pools and Groups for a slave from the right-click menu, but for more flexibility, we recommend using the Tools menu to manage Pools and Groups as explained in the Pools and Groups documentation.
The only settings that have an actual impact on rendering are the Concurrent Tasks and CPU Affinity settings. Note that CPU Affinity is only supported on Windows and Linux, because the OSX operating system doesn't support process affinity.
The settings you can change are:
- Slave Description: The description of the slave. This can be used to provide some brief details about the slave, such as certain System information.
- Slave Comment: A short comment regarding the slave. This can be used to inform other users why this slave has been assigned to a different repository path, why it's excluded from a certain pool, etc.
- Exclude Jobs In The 'none' Pool: Enable this option to prevent the slave from picking up jobs that are assigned to the 'none' pool.
- Exclude Jobs In The 'none' Group: Enable this option to prevent the slave from picking up jobs that are assigned to the 'none' group.
- Normalized Render Time Multiplier: This value is used to determine the normalized render time of tasks. For example, a slave that takes twice as long to render a task should have a multiplier of 2.
- Normalized Task Timeout Multiplier: This value is used to determine the normalized render time of task timeouts. For example, a slave that takes twice as long to render a task should have a multiplier of 2.
- Concurrent Task Limit Override: The concurrent task limit for the slave. If 0, the slave's CPU count is used as the limit.
- Override CPU Affinity: Enable this option to override which CPUs the slave and its child processes are limited to (Windows and Linux only).
- Select Individual CPUs To Use: Choose this option to explicitly pick which CPUs are used. This is useful if you are running multiple slaves on the same machine and you want to give them their own specific CPUs.
- Number Of CPUs To use: Choose this option if you want to limit the number of CPUs used, and you aren't concerned with which specific CPUs are actually used.