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DifferentialEquations.jl Documentation

This is a suite for numerically solving differential equations in Julia. The purpose of this package is to supply efficient Julia implementations of solvers for various differential equations. Equations within the realm of this package include:

The well-optimized DifferentialEquations solvers benchmark as the some of the fastest implementations, using classic algorithms and ones from recent research which routinely outperform the "standard" C/Fortran methods, and include algorithms optimized for high-precision and HPC applications. At the same time, it wraps the classic C/Fortran methods, making it easy to switch over to them whenever necessary. It integrates with the Julia package sphere, for example using Juno's progress meter, automatic plotting, built-in interpolations, and wraps other differential equation solvers so that many different methods for solving the equations can be accessed by simply switching a keyword argument. It utilizes Julia's generality to be able to solve problems specified with arbitrary number types (types with units like Unitful, and arbitrary precision numbers like BigFloats and ArbFloats), arbitrary sized arrays (ODEs on matrices), and more. This gives a powerful mixture of speed and productivity features to help you solve and analyze your differential equations faster.

If you have any questions, or just want to chat about solvers/using the package, please feel free to use the Gitter channel. For bug reports, feature requests, etc., please submit an issue. If you're interested in contributing, please see the Developer Documentation.

Supporting and Citing

The software in this ecosystem was developed as part of academic research. If you would like to help support it, please star the repository as such metrics may help us secure funding in the future. If you use JuliaDiffEq software as part of your research, teaching, or other activities, we would be grateful if you could cite our work. Please see our citation page for guidelines.

Getting Started: Installation And First Steps

To install the package, use the following command inside the Julia REPL:

Pkg.add("DifferentialEquations")

To load the package, use the command:

using DifferentialEquations

The command Pkg.add("DifferentialEquations") will add solvers and dependencies for all kind of Differential Equations (e.g. ODEs or SDEs etc., see the Supported Equations section below). If you are interested in only one type of equation solvers of DifferentialEquations.jl or simply want a more lightweight version, see the Low Dependency Usage page.

To understand the package in more detail, check out the following tutorials in this manual. It is highly recommended that new users start with the ODE tutorial. Example IJulia notebooks can also be found in DiffEqTutorials.jl. If you find any example where there seems to be an error, please open an issue.

For the most up to date information on using the package, please join the Gitter channel.

Using the bleeding edge for the latest features and development is only recommended for power users. Information on how to get to the bleeding edge is found in the developer documentation.

IJulia Notebook Tutorials

You can access extra tutorials supplied in the DiffEqTutorials.jl repository. If you have IJulia installed, you can view them locally and interactively, by cloning the repository:

#Pkg.add("IJulia") # Need to do this the first time to install IJulia!
Pkg.clone("https://github.com/JuliaDiffEq/DiffEqTutorials.jl")
using IJulia
notebook(dir = Pkg.dir("DiffEqTutorials"))

Tutorials

The following tutorials will introduce you to the functionality of DifferentialEquations.jl. More examples can be found by checking out the IJulia notebooks in the examples folder.

Basics

These pages introduce you to the core of DifferentialEquations.jl and the common interface. It explains the general workflow, options which are generally available, and the general tools for analysis.

Problem Types

These pages describe building the problem types to define differential equations for the solvers, and the special features of the different solution types.

Solver Algorithms

These pages describe the solvers and available algorithms in detail.

Additional Features

These sections discuss extra performance enhancements, event handling, and other in-depth features.

Analysis Tools

Because DifferentialEquations.jl has a common interface on the solutions, it is easy to add functionality to the entire DiffEq ecosystem by developing it to the solution interface. These pages describe the add-on analysis tools which are available.

Modeling Tools

While DifferentialEquations.jl can be used to directly build any differential or difference equation (/ discrete stochastic) model, in many cases it can be helpful to have a tailored-built API for making certain types of common models easier. This is provided by the modeling functionality.

Extra Details

These are just assorted extra explanations for the curious.