A method performed by a controlling computer node in a network with a plurality of subordinate computing nodes, the method including: receiving, from a first subordinate computer node, information indicating computing resource impacts for a plurality of different processing functions; receiving, from a communication endpoint, a processing task; determining an impact upon available resources of the first subordinate computer node if the task were to be assigned to the first subordinate computer node, wherein the determining is performed using the information indicating computing resource impacts; and assigning the task to either the first subordinate computer node or another one of the subordinate computer nodes based at least in part on the determining the impact.
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