Auryn simulator

Simulator for spiking neural networks with synaptic plasticity

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-====== Auryn spiking neural network simulator ​======+====== ​Welcome to Auryn ======
  
-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; [[examples:​start#​from_published_work|and more]]). It is complementary to existing neural simulators such as [[http://​www.nest-initiative.org|NEST]] and [[http://​briansimulator.org/​|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 [[manual:​xeonphi|Xeon Phi]] architecture and has experimental [[GPU support]].+Auryn is a simulator for spiking neural networks with plastic synapses. ​It is free and open source software optimized to simulate spiking neural networks with plasticity. ​Here are   [[examples:​start#​from_published_work|some examples]] from published work
  
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 +===== When to use Auryn =====
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 +As a spiking neural network simulator Auryn is complementary to other simulators such as [[http://​www.nest-initiative.org|NEST]] and [[http://​briansimulator.org/​|Brian]]. Instead of focusing on large-scale simulations or ease of model development,​ Auryn'​s main focus lies on simulation speed to efficiently simulate small or medium sized network models with plasticity over extended periods of simulated time (hours to days). To that end, Auryn is optimized to run efficiently on shared memory machines and small clusters. Auryn is written in C++ and uses MPI for parallel execution.
  
 ===== Guiding principles ===== ===== Guiding principles =====
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   * **Modularity.** A network model is defined as a collection of objects (e.g. a group of neurons) and the interactions between them (e.g. sparse synaptic connectivity). Additionally,​ the user defines devices such as monitors to read out activity in the network simulation. The Auryn kernel keeps track of all the simulation objects and runs the simulation (also transparently on a cluster if desired).   * **Modularity.** A network model is defined as a collection of objects (e.g. a group of neurons) and the interactions between them (e.g. sparse synaptic connectivity). Additionally,​ the user defines devices such as monitors to read out activity in the network simulation. The Auryn kernel keeps track of all the simulation objects and runs the simulation (also transparently on a cluster if desired).
-  * **Performance.** Each network object is kept short and simple and optimized for the task at hand. Data is stored in customized vector classes and when possible Auryn uses vectorization such as SSE registers ​to speed up operations on them.+  * **Performance.** Each network object is kept short and simple and optimized for the task at hand. Data is stored in customized vector classes and when possible Auryn uses SIMD (vector instructions at the processor level, e.g. SSE or AVX) to speed up operations on them.
   * **Easily extensible.** New modules are easy to add (as new neuron or synapse types), and existing modules provide good examples as to how.   * **Easily extensible.** New modules are easy to add (as new neuron or synapse types), and existing modules provide good examples as to how.
  
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 ===== Navigating this wiki ===== ===== Navigating this wiki =====
  
-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:​start]] pages. Here you will also find most of the simulation code of [[examples:​start&#​from_published_work|published work]]. The best place for questions is the [[http://www.fzenke.net/​auryn/​forum/​|support forum]]. ​+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:​start]] pages. Here you will also find most of the simulation code of [[examples:​start&#​from_published_work|published work]]. The best place for questions is the [[https://​fzenke.net/​auryn/​forum/​|support forum]]. ​
  
  
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 **Copyright and License** ​ **Copyright and License** ​
-Auryn is written and maintained by [[http://www.fzenke.net|Friedemann Zenke]] (2014-2016).+Auryn is written and maintained by [[http://​fzenke.net|Friedemann Zenke]] (2014-2019).
 Auryn is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify Auryn is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
 it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
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 If you want to have write access to this Wiki, let me know. To learn how to write and modify entries please check out the [[wiki:​syntax]] section. If you are looking for a good place to start, you find a list with [[start:​wanted]] articles. If you want to have write access to this Wiki, let me know. To learn how to write and modify entries please check out the [[wiki:​syntax]] section. If you are looking for a good place to start, you find a list with [[start:​wanted]] articles.
  
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 **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). **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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