SCRP nodes have Stata 16-18 installed.
Option 1: Remote Desktop
- Connect to a login node through remote desktop.
- Launch from the pull-down menu on the top-right corner, Applications > Statistics > Stata 17.
Option 2: JupyterHub
- Navigate to one of the following URLs on a browser:
- Create a Stata notebook.
Option 3: SSH
All the instructions below assume you have connected to a login node through SSH. See Account and Access for details.
Launch Stata in console mode:
Launch Stata with graphical user interface (GUI):
If the Stata GUI does not launch, make sure you have an X server running on your computer (e.g. VcXsrv on Windows).
You can also run .do files under Stata’s batch mode:
stata-mp -b do file_path
Installing Additional Packages
You can install additional packages from the Statistical Software Components (SSC) a.k.a. Boston College Archive within Stata:
ssc install package_name
Downloaded packages are placed under your home directory and will be immediately available on all nodes.
Switch between Different Stata Versions
You can switch between different Stata versions in a terminal using Environment Modules. Follow the instructions here.
Running on a Compute Node - Short Duration
You should run your job on a compute node if you need more processing power. Compute nodes support running Stata on up to 16 logical CPUs.
To run Stata on a compute node in remote desktop, launch Applications > Slurm (x cores) > Stata 17, where x is the number of desirable cores.
To run Jupyter notebooks on a compute node, following the instructions here.
To run Stata on a compute node in a terminal, simply prepend
# Console mode
# Batch mode
compute stata-mp -b do file_path
Both options launch Stata’s console on a compute node with four logical CPUs and 8GB of RAM, for a duration of 24 hours.
Launch Stata with GUI on a compute node is slightly more complicated, requiring two lines of command:
# The new line is necessary
You can request more logical CPUs with the
-c option, more memory with the
and more time with the
For example, to request 16 CPUs and 40G of memory for three days:
compute -c 16 --mem=40G -t 3-0 stata-mp
Running on a Compute Node - Long Duration
All of the above options will terminate Stata when you close the terminal. There are two options if you do not want this to happen:
sbatch. First create a script, hypothetically named my_job.sh:
#!/bin/bash #SBATCH --job-name=my_sid #SBATCH --ntasks=1 #SBATCH --cpus-per-task=2 stata-mp -b do file_path
#SBATCHcomments specify various options. In this example, we are requesting two logical CPUs for a single task.
Now submit your job:
Subject to available resources, your code will run even if you disconnect from the cluster. The maximum job duration is 5 days.
screen. Do note that we reserve the right to terminate processes that have been running for more than 24 hours on the login nodes.