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Julia is a high-level, high-performance dynamic programming language for numerical computing. It provides a sophisticated compiler, distributed parallel execution, numerical accuracy, and an extensive mathematical function library.

For a quick introduction and tutorial, see



  • 1.3.1, 1.1.1 compiled with Intel Math Kernel Library (MKL)
  • 1.3.1, 1.1.1 from pre-compiled binaries


Free and open source under MIT license.


Loading Modules

To load a module for a stable version of Julia, use the following command

$ module load julia

If you need to install and use ARPACK package, it is recommended to use pre-compiled binaries instead.

$ module load julia/1.1.1-pre-compiled

Interactive use

After loading the Julia module, it can be run interactively simply by typing

$ julia

If more resources are required, one can request an interactive node directly on Puhti with

$ srun --ntasks=1 --time=00:10:00 --mem=4G --pty --account=project_id --partition=small julia

Installing packages

You can access to the package manager by pressing "]" during the interactive session. The packages are added to the project with an 'add' command.

julia> ]
(v1.1) pkg>
(v1.1) pkg> add Example

After adding a package, it can be loaded in Julia:

julia> using Example

Packages are by default installed in the directory '~/.julia/', but the target can be changed with an environmental variable 'JULIA_PKGDIR'.

$ export JULIA_PKGDIR=/your/directory

NOTE: Packages that work for one version of Julia might not work at all for another. Check the required version number.

More information about Julia's package manager you can found from its documentation.

Serial batch job

Sample single-processor Julia batch job on Puhti

#SBATCH --job-name=julia_serial
#SBATCH --account=<project>
#SBATCH --partition=small
#SBATCH --time=0:10:0
#SBATCH --ntasks=1
#SBATCH --mem-per-cpu=1000

module load julia
srun julia my_script.jl

This runs the script my_script.jl one time using one cpu-core. You can find more information about batch jobs on Puhti from the user guide.

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Last update: January 25, 2020