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Auryn is a simulator for spiking neural networks with plastic synapses. More specifically, it is free and open source software optimized to build and simulate medium sized spiking neural networks with plasticity (e.g. Vogels et al., Science, 2011; Zenke et al., Nature Communications, 2015; and more). It is complementary to existing neural simulators such as NEST and Brian, of which many successful concepts it adopts. Its main focus lies on performance to allow simulating plastic networks with sub-millisecond temporal resolution over extended periods of time (hours to days) efficiently. Auryn is written from scratch in C++ and can be run in parallel on clusters using MPI. Auryn also runs on Intel's Xeon Phi architecture and has experimental GPU support.
This wiki aims at providing examples and documentation for Auryn users and developers. To get started take a look at quick start and check out the Examples pages. Here you will also find most of the simulation code of published work. The best place for questions is the support forum.
To cite Auryn: Zenke, F. and Gerstner, W., 2014. Limits to high-speed simulations of spiking neural networks using general-purpose computers. Front Neuroinform 8, 76. doi: 10.3389/fninf.2014.00076
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Copyright and License Auryn is written and maintained by Friedemann Zenke. The Auryn sources are available under the GPL v3. The Auryn logo: Copyright 2013 Koshika Yadava. The term Auryn refers to an artifact in “The Never-ending Story”, a novel by Michael Ende.
Funding During Auryn's development Friedemann received support of the European Community's Seventh Framework Program under grant agreement no. 237955 (FACETS-ITN), 269921 (BrainScales) and the European Research Council under grant agreement no. 268689 (MultiRules). Moreover, Friedemann was supported by the SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation).
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