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Julia Language Co-Creators Win James H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software


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The co-creators of Julia, from left, Stefan Karpinski, Viral Shah, and Jeff Bezanson.

The three scientists who co-created the Julia programming language have been named to receive the 2019 James H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software.

Credit: Stefan Karpinski et al.

Three scientists who co-created the Julia programming language at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been named to receive the 2019 James H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software.

The award selection committee praised Julia as "an innovative environment for the creation of high-performance tools that enable the analysis and solution of computational science problems."

Created in 2009 and released publicly in 2012, Julia has been downloaded more than 3 million times, and is used at more than 1,500 universities.

Said MIT's Alan Edelman, "Julia is increasingly the language of instruction for scientific computing at MIT."

The selection committee observed that Julia "allows researchers to write high-level code in an intuitive syntax and produce code with the speed of production programming languages. Julia has been widely adopted by the scientific computing community for application areas that include astronomy, economics, deep learning, energy optimization, and medicine."

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