RE: [R] client-server setup for R

From: Huntsinger, Reid <reid_huntsinger_at_merck.com>
Date: Fri 25 Mar 2005 - 04:27:12 EST


You have probably considered this and it's not an option, but just in case it is, I suspect you could buy a dual Xeon machine with 4 GB RAM and run Linux + Samba etc for far less than the license fees for the Windows Server OS and S+ components. (Probably a whole cluster, in fact!) Then users could use Cygwin's X server or Xvnc on their Windows desktops to run things like R on it. The setup takes a little time, but ongoing maintenance requirements are very low.

Reid Huntsinger

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[mailto:r-help-bounces@stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of roger bos Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 10:57 AM
To: R-help@stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: Re: [R] client-server setup for R

Maybe I didn't state my question as well as I should have. First of all, this is a windows environment. I currently run R on my desktop and I also have a server that I use that the connect to using remote desktop. Each machine has 4GB of memory and is a P4. I run R on my machine and on the server so I can have two programs running at once. Other people in the company don't have as much memory as I do and have older machines, so they may have trouble running R on their desktop. And two people can't remote desktop into the server at the same time.

So my restated question is, how do I share my server with other useRs?  If this is more of an IT question than an R question, I apologize, but it seems that S+ have a server version where clients connect from their desktop and submit jobs and I was wonder is there is an R version.

On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 09:47:53 -0500, Huntsinger, Reid <reid_huntsinger@merck.com> wrote:
> Is running R directly on the server machine and displaying via X or Xvnc
an
> option?
>
> Reid Huntsinger
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces@stat.math.ethz.ch
> [mailto:r-help-bounces@stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of roger bos
> Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 9:28 AM
> To: R-help@stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: [R] client-server setup for R
>
> I am currently the only use-R at my company, but they are considering
> buy a more powerful server and letting multiple people use it. They
> asked me if R supports client-server setups. I know S+ has a server
> version that does that. I didn't find anything about that on CRAN,
> but hopefully someone can correct me.
>
> I did see some stuff about R web servers
> (http://franklin.imgen.bcm.tmc.edu/R.web.servers/ )
> and that looked very interesting, but I don't know which one is best
> and I don't want to spend all my time in HTML programming to make
> front ends of all the users. If I have no choice but to go the web
> server route, which one is the most mature?
>
> If I can't show them a pluasible solution, IT will make use buy S+
> server and I will have to modify all my code to make it work. I
> really enjoy working in R.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Roger J. Bos
>
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