4.2.4. A Hybrid Model
A possible compromise is to provide each user with a personal workstation and to have a processor pool in addition. Although this solution is more expensive than either a pure workstation model or a pure processor pool model, it combines the advantages of both of the others.
Interactive work can be done on workstations, giving guaranteed response. Idle workstations, however, are not utilized, making for a simpler system design. They are just left unused. Instead, all noninteractive processes run on the processor pool, as does all heavy computing in general. This model provides fast interactive response, an efficient use of resources, and a simple design.