Documentation for Ice 3.5. The latest release is Ice 3.7. Refer to the space directory for other releases.

A node represents an IceGrid node that starts and monitors your servers. Several applications can be deployed on the same node;  however a node descriptor describes only the servers defined by the enclosing application.

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The Node Properties panel offers the following fields:

  • Name
    The name of the node. This name must match the IceGrid.Node.Name configuration property of the node process.

  • Description
    A free-text description of this node.

  • Variables
    This table shows node-level IceGrid variables.

  • Load Factor
    A floating point value used to compare different nodes when making a load-balancing decision based on load-average (for Linux and Unix) or CPU utilization (for Windows). Leaving this value blank is equivalent to the default: 1.0 on Linux and Unix, and 1.0 divided by the number of CPUs on Windows.


A node can have two types of children:

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