IBM SPSS Statistics


From the IBM SPSS website: IBM SPSS Statistics is an integrated family of products that addresses the entire analytical process, from planning to data collection to analysis, reporting and deployment. With more than a dozen fully integrated modules to choose from, you can find the specialized capabilities you need.


  • 22

Authorized Users

  • CIRCE account holders
  • SC account holders
  • WHPC-Login Users


  • CIRCE cluster
  • SC cluster


IBM SPSS Statistics requires the following module file to run:

  • apps/spss/22

Running IBM SPSS Statistics on CIRCE/SC

The IBM SPSS Statistics user guide is essential to understanding the application and making the most of it. The guide and this page should help you to get started with your simulations. Please refer to the Documentation section for a link to the guide.

  • Note on CIRCE: Make sure to run your jobs from your $WORK directory!
  • Note: Scripts are provided as examples only. Your SLURM executables, tools, and options may vary from the example below. For help on submitting jobs to the queue, see our SLURM User’s Guide.

Interactive Mode

Establishing a GUI connection to CIRCE/SC

To use IBM SPSS Statistics, you will need to connect to CIRCE/SC with GUI redirection, either using:

  • CIRCE/SC Desktop Environment
  • SSH with X11 redirection
    • If connecting from OSX or Linux via SSH, please ensure that you use one of the following commands to properly redirect X11:
      • [user@localhost ~]$ ssh -X
      • [user@localhost ~]$ ssh -X

Next, use srun to enter an interactive shell. This example is for 48 hours using 4 cpu cores on 1 node with 8GB of shared memory:

srun --time=48:00:00 --mem=8192 --nodes=1 --ntasks-per-node=4 --pty /bin/bash

Once you get dropped into an interactive shell on the execution host, you need to load the SPSS module.

module load apps/spss/22

You should now be able to execute “stats” (graphical mode) from the command line.

Running IBM SPSS Statistics on WHPC-Login

Connecting to WHPC-Login

To log onto, you will need to use a Remote Desktop (RDP) client.

  • From a Linux workstation, it is recommended to use “rdesktop -u ‘FOREST\<username>’” from the terminal. To view more options for rdesktop, view the manual page.
  • From a Windows machine, launch “Remote Desktop Connection” and specify for the ‘Computer’ field.

If you receive a permissions error stating that your account doesn’t have access, please email and ask to be added to the Windows HPC user group on

Launching Software

Once logged onto the machine, double-click the shortcut for “IBM SPSS Statistics” on the desktop or in the Start menu to open the graphical user interface to begin working with the software.


Home Page, User Guides, and Manuals

More Job Information

See the following for more detailed job submission information:

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs with IBM SPSS Statistics to the IT Help Desk: