Newsletter March 2020 - Julia for Public Health

By JuliaHub | Mar 02, 2020

Julia for Public Health: As the infectious coronavirus causing COVID-19 spreads worldwide, we highlight two Julia developments in the area of public health: Pumas for accelerating clinical trials through a modern software stack, and a new paper on Infectious Disease Transmission Network Modelling with Julia by Justin Angevaare, Zeny Feng and Rob Deardon.


Converting SAS Applications to Julia: Are you interested in converting SAS applications to Julia? Julia Computing partners with Great Lakes Consulting Services to help you accelerate replacement of existing SAS applications, improve performance, reduce development time, augment or replace existing systems and provide an extended trusted team to deliver Julia solutions. Leverage experienced resources from Julia Computing and Great Lakes Consulting Services to get your team up and running quickly. For more information, please contact us at info@juliacomputing.com.

New JuliaTeam Release: JuliaTeam from Julia Computing provides enterprise governance including private and package development, deployment, management, security, support and indemnification. The newest release:

  • Supports Julia 1.4 and beyond

  • Supports the latest Julia package protocol

  • Provides new and simplified authentication systems that create a more robust user experience

  • Allows users to run JuliaRun jobs with any major cloud provider - AWS, Azure or GCP

Upcoming Julia Computing Online Events: Julia Computing provides a number of free and affordable Webinars, micro-trainings and trainings on a wide range of topics. Click the links below to register.

Date and Time

Event Type




Fri Mar 6 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM London (UK)


Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics with Pumas

Dr. Vijay Ivaturi, Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics, University of Maryland, Baltimore


Fri Mar 13 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern (US)


Putting a Trained ML Pipeline Behind a Webserver to Serve It

Dhairya Gandhi, Julia Computing


Fri Mar 20 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern (US)


Financial Modeling on Large Streaming Datasets

Dr. Josh Day, Julia Computing


Fri Mar 27 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern (US)


Building and Deploying an NLP Model in Julia

Deepak Suresh, Julia Computing


Wed Apr 15 and Thu Apr 16 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Eastern (US)

Online Instructor-Led Training

Intro to Julia

Dr. Matt Bauman, Julia Computing


Wed Apr 22 and Thu Apr 23 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Eastern (US)

Online Instructor-Led Training

Intro to ML and AI in Julia

Dr. Matt Bauman, Julia Computing


Wed Apr 29-Thu Apr 30 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Eastern (US)

Online Instructor-Led Training

Parallel Computing in Julia

Dr. Matt Bauman, Julia Computing



Julia Returns to Google Summer of Code: Julia returns to Google Summer of Code in 2020. Proposals may be submitted beginning March 16. More information is available here including application guidelines and project ideas.

Google Code-In Contest: Avik Sengupta, Dhariya Gandhi and Logan Kilpatrick published a blog post about Julia’s first year of participation in Google Code-In: “Over the last couple of months, 212 young people have completed over 690 tasks using Julia as part of the Google Code-In program.” More information is available here.

JuliaCon 2020 Deadlines: JuliaCon 2020 will take place July 27-31 at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) in Lisbon, Portugal.

  1. JuliaCon 2020 Call for Proposals: JuliaCon 2020 proposals are due March 7, 2020. Proposal types include talks, lightning talks, minisymposia, workshops, posters and ‘Birds of a Feather’ breakout sessions. Please review submission guidelines, prepare and submit your proposal no later than March 7, 2020. Mentorship is also available for new presenters.

  2. Financial Assistance to Attend JuliaCon 2020: If financial assistance will impact your ability to attend JuliaCon 2020, please apply no later than March 7, 2020.

  3. Early Bird Ticket Discount: Early Bird Tickets are available for purchase now through April 20, 2020. Please purchase your tickets early to take advantage of discounted pricing.

  4. JuliaCon 2020 Call for Volunteers: JuliaCon runs on volunteers! Please consider signing up to volunteer. JuliaCon volunteer opportunities include:

    • Mentors for new speakers

    • Proceedings reviewers

    • Talk submission reviewers

    • Financial assistance application reviewers

    • Local/onsite volunteers

  1. JuliaCon 2020 Sponsors: JuliaCon relies on the support of sponsors. Click here for more information about becoming a JuliaCon sponsor.


Julia Voted “Most Exciting New Computer Language” for Bioinformatics: Bioinformaticians have voted Julia the “most exciting new computer language” for bioinformatics.


Julia Package GitHub Star History: Julia Computing’s Patrick Mogensen shared this graph of the GitHub star history for several popular Julia packages.


Is Python Finally Catching Up to Julia? Roger Luo notes that a popular Yao.jl technique for multi-QPU quantum computing is now available in Python.

Julia en Français: Une Introduction à Julia is available en Français.

Julia Alternatives to Python Pandas: Viral Shah, co-creator of Julia, co-founder and CEO of Julia Computing provided an answer to the question: What Are Some Alternatives to Python Pandas? Click here to see the answer.


Hands-On Design Patterns and Best Practices with Julia (Packt): Tom Kwong has published Hands-On Design Patterns and Best Practices with Julia. This book is a collection of patterns, documenting the best approaches to designing high-quality Julia applications. Its purpose is to provide developers with guidance on how to design and develop software in Julia and to serve as a reference for future discussions regarding design patterns in Julia. The book’s forward was written by Julia co-creator and Julia Computing co-founder Stefan Karpinski.

New Threading Capabilities in Julia v1.3: Jameson Nash (Julia Computing), Jeff Bezanson (co-creator of Julia and co-founder of Julia Computing) and Kiran Pamnany (Caltech) wrote an article published by Intel titled New Threading Capabilities in Julia v1.3. The article explains how Julia v1.3 facilitates multithreading quickly and easily.

LightGraphs Benchmarking: Tim Lin (Lynx Analytics) has produced new benchmarks comparing LightGraphs.jl with other popular graph packages. Special thanks to Seth Bromberger who suggested adding LightGraphs.jl to this benchmarking exercise.

Julia Helps Shed Light on the Origins of the Universe: Cosmologist Marius Millea uses Julia to develop next-generation tools to analyze the lensed Cosmic Microwave Background. More information is available on GitHub and Twitter.

Julia for Oceanography: Gael Forget (MIT) presented Julia Users and Tools for Oceanography at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego on February 18.

Coding the Mandelbrot Set in Julia (with GPU): Ole Kröger has released a new YouTube video on Coding the Mandelbrot Set in Julia (with GPU).

Enigma: Ole Kröger has released a new YouTube video titled Enigma: Endless Possibilities Is Not Enough.

Julia for Econometrics: Romeo Greminger published a presentation on Julia for Structural Econometrics (or: How I Learned to Stop Vectorizing and Love Julia).

Natural Language Processing in Julia: Ayush Kaushal, Lyndon White, Mike Innes (Julia Computing) and Rohit Kumar have published a paper in the Journal of Open Source Software titled WordTokenizers.jl: Basic Tools for Tokenizing Natural* *Language in Julia.

Deep Learning Using Neural Networks in Julia: Alex Luedtke, Marco Carone, Noah Simon and Oleg Sofrygin published Learning to Learn from Data: Using Deep Adversarial Learning to Construct Optimal Statistical Procedures in Science Advances. “For a two-dimensional generalized linear model, we found that it took approximately 40 times as long to evaluate our procedure on a dataset as to run a generalized linear model in Julia... We also compared the runtime of our learned clustering procedure to the EM and k-means implementations that we used, both of which were based on Julia code from publicly available repositories—links to these repositories can be found in our source code. On 10,000 randomly generated datasets, our learned procedure, on average, evaluated approximately 10 times faster than k-means and 400 times faster than EM. This improved runtime came at the cost of an initial offline training time of 6 hours on a GPU cloud computing service... We learned and interrogated our procedures in Julia. The neural networks for the point estimation and prediction experiments were fitted using Knet, and the neural networks for the confidence region construction experiments were fitted using Flux.”

New Papers from Timothy Holy Featuring Julia: Timothy Holy, Professor of Neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis, has co-authored two new papers featuring Julia: Sensory Coding Mechanisms Revealed by Optical Tagging of Physiologically Defined Neuronal Types by Donghoon Lee, Maiko Kume, Timothy Holy and Fast Objective Coupled Planar Illumination Microscopy by Cody Greer and Timothy Holy.

Julia Computing Enterprise Solutions: Contact Julia Computing for more information about putting Julia to work for your organization, deploying Julia more efficiently, effectively and at scale.

  • JuliaSure: JuliaSure provides enterprise support and indemnification for organizations using Julia.

  • JuliaTeam: JuliaTeam provides enterprise governance including private and package development, deployment, management, security, support and indemnification.

  • JuliaRun: JuliaRun allows you to scale Julia deployment from a single machine to dozens or hundreds of nodes in a public or private cloud environment, including AWS, Azure or Google Cloud.

JuliaBox 30 Day Free Trial: JuliaBox is now available with a 30 day free trial. JuliaBox is the fastest and easiest way to start using Julia right away with no download required. Register today to start your 30 day free trial.

JuliaBox Academic Discount: Hundreds of students and faculty at universities around the world use JuliaBox for classroom instruction and learning. Use free and open source materials to design your own course using Julia. JuliaBox starts at just $7 per month including a 50% academic discount. Sign up online or contact Julia Computing to take advantage of the academic discount or for more information.

Julia and Julia Computing in the News

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  • IProgrammer: Hands-On Design Patterns and Best Practices with Julia (Packt)

  • MIT News: Brainstorming Energy-Saving Hacks on Satori, MIT’s New Supercomputer

  • I Programmer: 10th Google Code-in Sets New Records

  • CustomerThink: Top 10 Machine Learning-as-a-Service Providers 2020

  • Analytics India: Top 10 Emerging Programming Languages in 2020

  • Robot Report: Why and How to Run Machine Learning Algorithms on Edge Devices

  • Analytics India: Why Jupyter Notebooks Are So Popular Among Data Scientists

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Julia is the fastest high performance open source computing language for data, analytics, algorithmic trading, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other scientific and numeric computing applications. Julia solves the two language problem by combining the ease of use of Python and R with the speed of C++. Julia provides parallel computing capabilities out of the box and unlimited scalability with minimal effort. Julia has been downloaded more than 13 million times and is used at more than 1,500 universities. Julia co-creators are the winners of the 2019 James H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software and the 2019 Sidney Fernbach Award. Julia has run at petascale on 650,000 cores with 1.3 million threads to analyze over 56 terabytes of data using Cori, one of the ten largest and most powerful supercomputers in the world.

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