To do this exercise, you will need about 50-100 pieces of paper or sticky notes.
Divide the pieces of paper / sticky notes among the “users” and have them fill out all the pages with simple math problems and their name. Tell everyone that these are the jobs that need to be done and correspond to their computing research problems.
Point out that we now have jobs and we have “compute nodes” (the people still sitting
down) that can solve these problems. How are the jobs going to get to the nodes?
The answer is the scheduling program that will take the jobs from the users and deliver them to open compute nodes.
Have all the “compute nodes” raise their hands. Have the users “submit” their jobs by handing them to the schedulers. Schedulers should then deliver them to “open” (hands-raised) compute nodes and collect finished problems and return them to the appropriate user.
Wait until most of the problems are done and then re-seat everyone.