I requested to the IT department of the University of Porto to install Rstudio server on our University's network, they did it although it's only accessible through the University's IP (strange solution, but VPN solves this issue).
It was installed on Linux (http://rstudio.up.pt) but I'm always requesting some Linux packages to be installed, in order to have all R packages working. Before this experience with the Rstudio server, I used (and I still use) the Rstudio server AMI (Louis Aslett one; here), and it was much straightforward. So my questions are:
do you have a list of Linux packages or an image that I can use to request the installation by the IT department? A complete solution, like the one from Louis, I had almost no extra packages to install.
which is the minimal hardware power that I should request to compute some Bayesian structural modeling analysis with a few thousand subjects? I know that this is a highly subjective question, but which would you require based on my description?