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Deprecated feature: The partitioning facility (WPF) feature is deprecated. You can configure partitioning with WebSphere eXtreme Scale.

Mixing application types

If the application set has relatively short requests, installing several similar applications on the cluster can provide reasonable throughput. However, the use of CPU-intensive requests require special considerations.

One approach is to have a partitioned Java™ Platform, Enterprise Edition application for computationally intensive applications in a unique cluster within the cell, with exclusive access to specialized hardware. Alternatively, if mix a lighter application set with a more computational-bound application set within the same cluster, the partitioning facility framework can prove helpful.

To managed the mix of application types, utilize the high availability (HA) manager policy function to focus CPU-intensive procedure calls to physical and logical nodes that are designed to handle that load. The client that uses the partitioning facility (WPF) framework can route the requests to the partitions that are collocated with computing resource designed to fit the task within the cluster. In addition, with WPF, the administrator can dynamically modify the target endpoint if additional computer resources can be acquired under heavy load situations.

In summary, you can achieve the same thing without partitioning by deploying the heavy logic application on its own cluster, then using dynamic cluster support to dynamically expand and contract the cluster.

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