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I'm trying to create a diagram like this in LaTeX:


This is what I have so far using the assignment structure from texample.net:

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\begin{tikzpicture}[node distance=.8cm,start chain=going below]
\node[punktchain, join] (client) {$Client$};
\node[punktchain, join] (server) {$Job\ server$};
\node[punktchain, join] (worker1) {$Worker_1$};
\node[punktchain, join] (worker2) {$Worker_2$};
\node[punktchain, join] (worker3) {$Worker_3$};
\node[punktchain, join] (worker4) {$Worker_4$};

But now I'm stuck. I don't know how to use double-sided arrows and I can't place the workers next to each other.

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

I don't think a chain is the correct type for your diagram. You can however position the nodes manually. The positioning library provides some advanced positioning keys.

Please also don't misuse mathmode to get italic text. Use \textit for that. You can use math supscript for the index only or use \textsubscript (needs to fixltx2e package).




\begin{tikzpicture}[rounded corners=2pt,inner sep=5pt,node distance=.8cm]
\node [draw](client) {\textit{Client}};
\node [draw,below=of client] (server) {\textit{Job server}};
\node [inner sep=0pt,below=of server] (aux) {\strut};
\node [draw,left=.4cm of aux] (worker2) {\textit{Worker$_2$}};
\node [draw,right=.4cm of aux] (worker3) {\textit{Worker$_3$}};
\node [draw,left=of worker2] (worker1) {\textit{Worker$_1$}};
\node [draw,right=of worker3] (worker4) {\textit{Worker$_4$}};
\draw [<->] (client) -- (server);
\foreach \n in {1,...,4}
   \draw [<->] (server) -- (worker\n.north);


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This is exactly what I needed. I also didn't knew about the \textit. Thanks! – Jan Apr 13 '11 at 13:47

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