For "renting purposes", I have to specify the computing resources I need from the computing center at my University. I have very little idea of what to ask for.
Considering the information below may you suggest something?
This is the computational cluster: "A ten blade server with each blade consisting of 2 Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.33 Ghz CPUs with 16 GB of memory for a total of 80 CPUs and 160 GB of memory. Accounts on a 2 TB disk system. Running 64-bit Linux"
With lossless compression, the original data is one 50gb tiff file. At some point in time i shall be working with several (up to ten) files 50gb in size.
I would use GDAL, Python scripting and maybe C++ scripting. If allowed, I would use softwares like Grass GIS and Saga GIS. Also, R language with spatial libraries. I will be deriving the usual terrain parameters, trying to apply object-oriented algorithms for the extraction of specific features (landforms) and using statistical analysis for descriptive and modeling purposes.