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Application Details

  • Description: SolarSoft is a set of integrated software libraries, data bases, and system utilities which provide a common programming and data analysis environment for Solar Physics
  • Versions: Installed 2016-08-08
  • Module names: ssw/2016-08-08
  • License: Relies on IDL , licensed to Physics


Unlike most applications on Viper, setting up SSW to run requires a number of additional manual steps. Once in an interactive session:

  • Start csh csh
  • Load the SSW module module add ssw/2016-08-08
  • Setup environment by running source $SSW/gen/setup/setup.ssw
  • Start SSW by running sswidl

For example:

[username@login01 ~]$ interactive
salloc: Granted job allocation 99773
Job ID 99773 connecting to c074, please wait...
Last login: Wed Aug 10 13:35:38 2016 from
[username@c074 ~]$ csh
[username@c074 ~]$ module add ssw/2016-08-08
[username@c074 ~]$ source $SSW/gen/setup/setup.ssw
SSW  setup will include: <gen hinode xrt eis sot sdo aia hmi ontology soho helio egso hinode xrt eis sot sdo aia hmi ontology soho helio egso trace>
Type <sswidl> to start SSW IDL
[524070@c074 ~]$ sswidl
Running SSW, Last Updated: Wed Nov 2 22:22:51 GMT 2005

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