Guest Lectures: Dr. Isaacson on DiffEqBiological and DiffEqJump


Towards simulating large scale biological reaction networks in Julia
I will discuss our work building out DiffEqBiological and DiffEqJump, first steps towards developing a Julia package for simulating particle-based stochastic reaction-diffusion models. DiffEqBiological provides a simple DSL for specifying chemical reaction networks, which interfaces with many other Julia DiffEq packages to enable the generation and solution of corresponding ordinary differential equation (ODE) models, stochastic differential equation (SDE) models, steady-state problems and jump process models. DiffEqJump provides a library of optimized stochastic simulation algorithms (SSAs) for generating exact realizations of jump processes. These SSAs can be used directly to simulate integer-valued jump processes, such as stochastic chemical kinetics models, but can also be used as sub-components within ODE or SDE models. I’ll overview some of the optimized SSAs we’ve recently added to DiffEqJump to enable the rapid simulation of jump processes involving large numbers of jumps. Time-permitting I’ll discuss our plans to build a spatial SSA-based package from these components.

Dr. Samuel Isaacson
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Boston University

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