Node Instance shape

As used in a deployment implementation diagram, a node is a run-time physical object that represents a processing resource. Nodes are usually computing devices but can also represent human resources or mechanical processing resources.

You can define a node as either a type (with a node-type name such as PC or HostMachine) or an instance (with a name and node type, such as Joe's Machine:PC or AdminServer:HostMachine).

Node instances Node Instance shape icon can contain component instances and objects, and nodes can be connected to other nodes by communication associations.

Name a Node Instance shape, choose the node of which it is an instance, and add other property values

Open the element's UML Properties dialog box by double-clicking the icon that represents the element in the tree view or the shape that represents the element in a diagram.


Control which property values display on a shape in a diagram by right-clicking the shape, and then clicking Shape Display Options. In the UML Shape Display Options dialog box, select and clear options to display or hide property values.

Control which property values are displayed on the Node Instance shape

Right-click the shape, click Shape Display Options, and then select or clear options to show or hide values.

Hide the name of the node of which the node instance is an instance

Right-click the Node Instance shape, click Shape Display Options, and then clear Node Name.

Navigate to other views of the node

Right-click the shape, click Views, select the view you want, and then click OK.

Change node instance size

Drag a corner selection handle to resize the Node Instance shape proportionally or a side selection handle to make the shape taller or wider.

Change the depth of a Node Instance shape

Drag the control handle Control handle image - yellow diamond up to increase node depth or down to decrease node depth.

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