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Is Julia ready to be adopted by HEP?

Gál, T.; Gras, P.; Hegner, B.; Hernandez Acosta, U.; Kluth, S.; Ling, J.; Moreno, A.; Pivarski, J.; Schulz, O.; Stewart, G.; Strube, J.; Vasilev, V.


The Julia programming language was created 10 years ago and is now a mature and stable language with a large ecosystem including more than 8,000 third-party packages. It was designed for scientific programming to be a high-level and dynamic language as Python is, while achieving runtime performances comparable to C/C++ or even faster. With this, we ask ourselves if the Julia language and its ecosystem is ready now for its adoption by the High Energy Physics community. We will report on a number of investigations and studies of the Julia language that have been done for various representative HEP applications, ranging from computing intensive initial data processing of experimental data and simulation, to final interactive data analysis and plotting. Aspects of collaborative code development of large software within a HEP experiment has also been investigated: scalability with large development teams, continuous integration and code test, code reuse, language interoperability to enable an adiabatic migration of packages and tools, software installation and distribution, training of the community, benefit from development from industry and academia from other fields.

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    26th International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (CHEP 2023), 08.-12.05.2023, Norfolk, VA, United States
    DOI: 10.1051/epjconf/202429505008


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