Activities 2016

Code Generation from Model Description Languages II

7.12.2016 - 9.12.2016 Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Geb. 16.4, Germany

The main goal of the workshop is to provide an overview of available techniques and languages to specify neuron models on different levels of detail. The languages presented include NeuroML, NineML, NESTML, PyNN and Brian. Furthermore, the workshops introduces how executable code for a specific target platform can be generated for these descriptive approaches.

https://indico-jsc.fz-juelich.de/event/25/


1st NeuroMat Course on Parallel and GPU Programming for Neuroscience

5.12.2016 - 7.12.2016, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

The NeuroMat High-Performance Computing (HPC) Center hosted its First Course on Parallel and GPU Programming for Neuroscience, which was followed by a Mini Workshop on Computational Neuroscience. During the workshop Sacha van Albada gaves an "introduction to NEST, creating neuron models with NESTML, parallel simulations with NEST".

https://www.facebook.com/neuromathematics/


NEST User Workshop 2016

3.11.2016 - 4.11.2016, Karlsruhe, Germany

The Workshop provides an opportunity for the NEST Community to meet, exchange success stories, swap advice, learn about current developments in and around NEST and spiking network simulation and application. This year, the workshop will focus on the use of spiking networks in Neurorobotics and will kindly be hosted by FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik in Karlsruhe, Germany, in collaboration with the Human Brain Project and Forschungszentrum Jülich. The workshop is supported by the Human Brain Project Education Office.

Registration for the Workshop is now open at

https://indico-jsc.fz-juelich.de/e/nest2016


Simulation of Biological Neuronal Networks

11.-12.2016, Bernstein Center, Freiburg, Germay

Abigail Morrison uses NEST for practical exercises in her course „Simulation of Biological Neuronal Networks“


Workshop, Vision over vision: man, monkey, machine, and network models

3-4.10.2016, Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet), Osaka University

Markus Diesmann explained the „NEST – Maximum network size“ in his talk „Brain-scale simulations at cellular and synaptic resolution“


Bernstein Network Conference Satellite Workshop High-Performance Computing in Neuroscience

20.09.2016 - 21.09.2016 Berlin, Germany

Wolfram Schenck and Susanne Kunkel talks about a "Dry-Run Mode for NEST: Proiling Large-Scale Simulations on a Single Node"
and Ben Cumming give a talk about "Nest-MC: GPU multicompartment modeler"

http://www.nncn.de/en/bernstein-conference/2016/satellite-workshops/high-performance-computing-in-neuroscience-peyser-wachtler


12th International Neural Coding Workshop

29.08.2016 - 02.09.2016, Cologne, Germany

NEST ist ready for use by neuroscience was one conclusions in Markus Diensmanns talk.


MONA2 – Modelling Neural Activity

22-24.06.2016, Waikoloa, Hawaii

Markus Diesmann talks about the „Progress and challenges in bottom-up network modeling“.


OCNC Tutorial 2016

16.06.2016

Espen Hagen explains „Modeling networks of spiking neurons using NEST (v2.10.0)“.


PASC16 Conference, MS28 Level of Detail in Brain Modeling

8-10.06.2016, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Markus Diesmann talks about the „Technology for Brain Scale Simulation at Cellular Resolution“


Defense of doctoral thesis

24.05.2016, Fakultät für Mathematik, Informatik und Naturwissenschaften, RWTH Aachen

As part of his defense „Modeling and simulation of multi-scale spiking neuronal networks“ Maximilian Schmidt explains the use of „Simulation technology: NEST 4g“.


Workshop on High-Performance Computing, Stochastic Modeling and Database in Neuroscience

24.04.2016 - 29.04.2016 NeuroMat, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Makus Diesmann participate in a round table on “Big science: the case for neuroscience”
and give a talk about NEST.

neuromat.numec.prp.usp.br/hpcneuro


HBP Young Researchers Event Budapest

12.04.2016 - 12.04.2016 Budapest, Hungary

Philipp Weidel gives a tutorial about NEST.

http://www.nncn.de/en/news/events/young-researchers

Programme (pdf):
http://www.nncn.de/pdfs/hbp-young-researchers-event-in-budapest


Human Brain Project Platform Release

30.03.2016 - 30.03.2016 online

The Human Brain Project is releasing the first components, services and tools of its 6 ICT Platforms to the scientific community (Neuroinformatics, Brain Simulation, High Performance Analytics and Computing, Medical Informatics, Neuromorphic Computing, Neurorobotics).

NEST technology will be presented at the platforms SP6, SP7 and SP10.

https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/platform-release


NEST-SpiNNaker-Elephant Demo on HBP Platform

30.03.2016 - 30.03.2016 online

Johanna Senk, Alper Yegenoglu and a great team create a new collab on the Human Brain Project Platform.

The aim of this collab is to validate and compare data obtained by large scale network simulations implemented in the NEST simulator running on the JUQUEEN system here in Juelich. The same model is implemented with the Neuromorphic Hardware SpiNNaker.
The results are collected through the collab and will be evaluated by the Elephant library using the JURECA system.

https://collab.humanbrainproject.eu/#/collab/507/nav/4480

Demo shown as part of the release of the Human Brain Project’s (HBP) High Performance Analytics & Computing Platform (HPAC) on 30th March 2016:


Cortical microcircuit simulation collab on HBP Platform

30.03.2016 - 30.03.2016 online

Johanna Senk, Alper Yegenoglu and a great team create a new collab on the Human Brain Project Platform.

The Collab demonstrates interactive and collaborative research with a full scale neuronal network model. Full scale means that the model represents a particular biological circuit with neurons and synapses at their natural density. The model ( Potjans, T. C., & Diesmann, M. (2014) Cerebral Cortex 24(3):785-806 ) represents 1 mm3 of cortex and contains around 100,000 spiking point-neurons connected by around 1 billion synapses in four cortical layers.

The simulation code is a PyNN ( http://neuralensemble.org/PyNN/ ) implementation based on a public version with NEST ( http://www.nest-simulator.org/ ) as simulator backend.

https://collab.humanbrainproject.eu/#/collab/569/nav/5287


Workshop “Brain Manifesto 2.0”

13-16.03.2016, Schloss Beuggen, Rheinfelden, Germany

At Schloss Beuggen Markus Diesman explains the role ofe nest for „Multi-area models at cellular resolution “.


Frühjahrstagung der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft

6-11.03.2016, Regensburg, Germany

Thomas Kühn presented „Correlations in binary networks with oscillating input“. All simulations where done with NEST.


Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience

February 24th 2016, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University, Japan

„Simulations of macaque cortical networks at cellular and synaptic resolution“ with NEST explained by Markus Diesmann.


6th AICS International Symposium

22.02.2016 - 14.02.2016 RIKEN AICS, Kobe, Japan

Markus Diesmann talks about “Collaborations between AICS and JSC”.

http://www.aics.riken.jp/AICS-Symposium/2016/


SFB 936 „Multi-Site Communication in the Brain“

15.02.2016, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Germany

NEST explained by Markus Diesmann in his talk „Brain-scale simulations of cortical networks at cellular and synaptic resolution“


LASCON 2016: VI Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience

03.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

January 3-29, 2016, Sao Paulo, Brazil
http://sisne.org/?page_id=34&lang=en


Activities 2015

Release of NEST 2.10.0

31.12.2015 - 31.12.2015 Jülich, Germany

We’re happy to bring you NEST 2.10.0, which contains 303 repository
commits by 25 developers since v2.8.0. The most notable changes over
v2.8.0 are:

* Support for simulations of gap junctions (see Jan Hahne et al., 2015)
* Framework for structural plasticity (see Markus Butz et al., 2013
and Markus Butz et al., 2014)
* Full support for the K computer (just in case you found one under
your Christmas tree ;-))

All users are encouraged to upgrade and adapt their simulation scripts
to the changes in the user interface at this point in time to benefit
from the improvements in the new version.

For a full list of changes and download links, see

https://github.com/nest/nest-simulator/releases/tag/v2.10.0


NESTML Community Workshop

7.12.2015 - 8.12.2015 Aachen, Germany

During the workshop, we will give a general introduction to model creation for NEST and an in-depth introduction to the concepts and application of NESTML.

More information.

Register here.


Workshop “Connecting Network Architecture and Network Computation”

06.12.2015 - 11.12.2015 Banff, Alberta, Canada

Markus Diesmann lectured on brain-scale simulations.
Video: http://www.birs.ca/events/2015/5-day-workshops/15w5158/videos/watch/201512070904-Diesmann.html

http://www.birs.ca/events/2015/5-day-workshops/15w5158


NEST live media image with NEST 2.8.0 is available

26.11.2015 - 26.11.2015

A new NEST live media image with NEST 2.8.0 is available, including Brian, LFPy, MUSIC, NEST, NEURON and PyNN.

It is provided in the OVA format, suitable, for example, for importing
into VirtualBox. Useful for trying out NEST without installing it on
your computer, especially for Windows and Mac OS X users.

Download and a short introduction on our website:

http://www.nest-simulator.org/download/#livemedia


Article: “Stoßverkehr im Gehirn”

11.11.2015 - 11.11.2015 Jülich, Germany

“effzett” the magazine of Juelich Researche Centre published an article for the public and  ecision makers on a recent finding on the restricted scalability of neuronal networks.
http://www.fz-juelich.de/SharedDocs/Downloads/PORTAL/DE/publikationen/effzett/effzett_2015_3.pdf (until now only available in german)

The original work uses NEST technology to verify the analytical work.
http://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004490


SFN – Booth presentation of NEST and elephant in the HBP collaboratory

21.10.2015 - 21.10.2015 Chicago, USA

Michale Denker explained how working in integrative loops unlocks the potential of the HBP approach.


Using the Neuroscience Gateway Portal for Parallel Simulations

17.10.2015 - 17.10.2015 Chicago, USA

Hannah Bos and Alex Peyser, both core NEST developers, will present recent and upcoming NEST developments.

A Satellite Symposium at the 2015 Society for Neuroscience Meeting

http://www.nsgportal.org/workshop.html

 


Workshop “Challenges in Linking Statistical and Mathematical Neuroscience”

14.10.2015 - 15.10.2015 Hariri Institute, Boston University, MA, USA

Markus Diesmann talks about the “Role of biophysical modeling”.


HBP Summit 2015: NEST + Elephant: An integrated simulation-analysis workflow

27.09.2015 - 30.09.2015 Madrid, Spain

In a tutorial session, we demonstrate via the HBP Collaboratory how to combine the NEST and Elephant ( http://neuralensemble.org/elephant/ ) tools in order to perform a neuronal network simulation and subsequently analyze the resulting data.

NEST: Johanna Senk and Jakob Jordan; Elephant: Michael Denker, Alper Yegenoglu, Pietro Quaglio and Vahid Rostami


Release of NEST 2.8.0

27.09.2015 - 27.09.2015

NEST 2.8.0 is distributed under the GNU General Public License version
2 (or later). This version marks the completion of our development
efforts during the HBP ramp up phase and consists of 290 repository
checkins by 25 developers since 2.6.0. The most notable changes are:

  • The new connection framework introduced in NEST 2.6.0 can now handle
    parameter arrays for the ‘all-to-all’ and ‘one-to-one’ rules.
  • A new propagator for integrate-and-fire neurons correctly handles
    the case where membrane and synapse time constants are similar or
    the same.
  • Better documentation and much extended examples for PyNEST improve
    the discoverability of NEST’s features.

All users are encouraged to upgrade and adapt their simulation scripts
to the changes in the user interface at this point in time to benefit
from the improvements in the new version.

For a full list of changes and download links, see

https://github.com/nest/nest-simulator/releases/tag/v2.8.0

IMPORTANT: some of the defaults in NEST changed. You might have to
adapt your scripts accordingly. See the release notes for details.


Bernstein Conference workshop Replicability and reproducibility of neural network simulation

14.09.2015 - 14.09.2015 Heidelberg, Germany

Susanne Kunkel talks about “Replicable simulations with NEST”.

http://www.nncn.de/de/bernstein-conference/2015/satellite-workshops/replicability-and-reproducibility-of-neural-network-simula-tions


Bernstein Conference 2015: Workshop

14.09.2015 - 17.09.2015

Workshop: Replicability and reproducibility of neural network simulations
David Dahmen, Hans Ekkehard Plesser, Susanne Kunkel
http://www.nncn.de/de/bernstein-conference/2015/satellite-workshops/resolveuid/de8df85976ed4e518295440fa1a9a45c


NEST as an exascale application

09.09.2015 - 08.09.2015 Bad Honnef, Germany

Markus Diesmann talks about NEST as an exascale application at the 596. WE-Heraeus-Seminar “Science Applications for Exascale Computing” September 7-9th 2015, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany


Public resonance on NEST

08.09.2015 - 08.09.2015

Interest in NEST is not only in the professional world. Large-scale projects such as the simulation of the entire human brain and the development of the necessary software NEST arouse the curiosity of a wider audience.

The press release „Problematic Relationship: Small Models of the Brain Distort Contact Intensity Between Neurons“ describes the  need for full scale simulations and the role of NEST.


CCNS Opening Workshop, SAMSI

17.08.2015 - 17.08.2015 Durham, USA

Markus Diesmann talks about “Brain-scale simulations at cellular and synaptic resolution: necessity and feasibility


2nd Human Brain Project School – Future Computing

3.08.2015 - 9.08.2015 Obergurgl, Austria

2nd Human Brain Project School – Future Computing -3rd to 9th August in Obergurgl, Austria.

Tom Tetzlaff gives two talks: “Intro neuron models” and “Simulation and numerics of neuron models“.
Markus Diesmann gives a lecture about the “Simulation of networks”.
Johanna Senk gives a tutorial about “Simulating large-scale spiking neuronal networks with NEST“.


CNS Workshop Supercomputational Neuroscience – tools and applications

28.07.2015 - 28.07.2015 Stockholm, Schweden

Susanne Kunkel Talks about “Meeting the memory challenges of brain-scale network simulation “.


CNS 2015: NEST Tutorials and Workshops

18.07.2015 - 23.07.2015

T6: Interfaces in Computational Neuroscience Software: Combined use of the tools NEST, CSA and MUSIC
Jochen Eppler, Jan Morén, Mikael Djurfeldt
http://www.cnsorg.org/cns-2015-tutorials#t6

T2: Modeling and analysis of extracellular potentials
Gaute Einevoll, Szymon Łęski, Espen Hagen
http://www.cnsorg.org/cns-2015-tutorials#t2

Workshop: High-performance computing in neuroscience – from physiologically realistic neurons to full-scale brain models
Wolfram Schenck, Alex Peyser
http://www.fz-juelich.de/ias/jsc/EN/Expertise/SimLab/slns/news_events/2015/HPCN_workshop_CNS2015/_node.html


BrainComp 2015 – International Workshop on Brain-Inspired Computing

06.07.2015 - 06.07.2015 Hotel San Michele, Cetraro, Italy

Markus Diesmann talks about “Necessity and feasibility of brain-scale simulations or: My brain is finite”


Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course 2015

8.06.2015 - 25.06.2015 Okinawa, Japan

NEST is one of the software packages used for the student projects at the Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course 2015. Sacha van Albada participates as a tutor.


HPC for Life Science Conference

27.05.2015 - 27.05.2015 Brussels, Belgium

Susanne Kunkel talks about “Specifying supercomputers for brain-scale neuronal network simulations ”

https://starcite.smarteventscloud.com/eps/event/microsite/previewinvitation.asp?pagetype=CUSTOMPAGE&CustomPageid=/1323164


CINPLA Workshop “Inferring network activity from LFPs”

26.05.2015 - 27.05.2015 University of Oslo, Norway

Markus Diesmann talks about “Multi-area multi-layer spiking network models as a platform for LFP research “


NEST goes GitHub

12.05.2015

The migration of the NEST source code to GitHub is done!
For an easy start see:
NEST Initiative
If you want to develop in NEST:
nest::Developer Space

NEST on GitHub:
https://github.com/nest/nest-simulator

 


Workshop “Unraveling Mesoscopic Coding Principles Using Ultra-High Magnetic Field MRI and Neural Network Modelling”

07.05.2015 - 09.05.2015 Lloyd’s BAIA Hotel, Salerno, Italy

Markus Diesmann talks about “Simulation of brain-scale neuronal networks at cellular and synaptic resolution “


First NEST User Workshop

20.04.2015 - 22.04.2015

Some 30 NEST Users and Developers attended the First NEST USER Workshop held at the Human Brain Project headquarters at Campus Biotech in Geneva, Switzerland, at the end of April, organized by the NEST Initiative with support of the HBP Education Program. The workshop combined user presentations of computational neuroscience projects based on NEST with technical tutorials, especially on writing neuron and synapse models and the impending transition of NEST source code to GitHub. We also launched the new websites for the NEST Initiative, the NEST Simulator and the nest::Developer Space.

 


Torino–Juelich Workshop “Computational Neurosciences”

17.04.2015 - 17.04.2015 University of Torino, Italy

Markus Diesmann talks about “Simulation of brain-scale neuronal networks at cellular and synaptic resolution “


Seminar “CONNECT-Cologne Neural Network Collaboration”

07.04.2015 - 07.04.2015 University of Cologne, Germany

Markus Diesmann talks about “Simulation of brain-scale neuronal networks at cellular and synaptic resolution”


EITN HBP workshop “SP4/SP9 Workshop / Theory – Neuromorphic”

02.04.2015 - 03.04.2015

Markus Diesmann talks about “A multi-area model at the resolution of neurons and synapses “


NineML meeting in Gif-sur-Yvette

1.04.2015 - 2.04.2015

Jochen M. Eppler participates in the NineML Standardization Committee meeting in Gif-sur-Yvette


FACETS-ITN Course Experiments with Large Scale Hardware Systems

21.03.2015 - 21.03.2015 Jülich, Germany

Susanne Kunkel talks about “Memory usage in high-performance computing”.


BCCN Conference Dynamics of Neuronal Systems

19.03.2015 - 19.03.2015 Freiburg, Germany

Susanne Kunkel talks about “NEST: A highly scalable tool for simulations of spiking neuronal networks with synaptic plasticity ”

https://www.bcf.uni-freiburg.de/bccn/bccn-conference-program


1st community workshop HBP network simulator

2.03.2015 - 4.03.2015 Paris, France

1st community workshop HBP network simulator: “Are we building the right thing? – Requirements from theory for simulation environments and neuromorphic computing”. This workshop presents the capabilities of the HBP network simulator and the corresponding PyNN expressions as available at the end of the ramp-up phase of the HBP in March 2016.


NineML Standardization Committee

20.02.2015 - 20.02.2015

Jochen M. Eppler becomes a member of the NineML Standardization Committee, which is developing a simulator independent model description language. See http://nineml.net for details.


Workshop Progress on Brain-Like Computing

5.02.2015 - 5.02.2015 Stockholm, Sweden

Susanne Kunkel talks about  “Supercomputer simulations of spiking neuronal networks”.


Workshop on “Media for Simulating the Brain”

21.01.2015 - 21.01.2015 Lueneburg mecs

Markus Diesmann talks about “Computational neuroscience emerging from the dark ages”.


Activities 2014

December 23

NEST 2.6.0 has been released as open source implementing the technology described in the article “Spiking network simulation code for petascale computers” by Susanne Kunkel et al. (doi:10.3389/fninf.2014.00078). NEST is the technological basis of the network simulator of the HBP. The article demonstrates that neuroscience can make full use of petascale supercomputers.


December 9, 2014

Markus Diesmann talks about “Simulation of brain-scale neuronal networks at cellular and synaptic resolution” at the 4th HPC-Status Conference of the Gauß-Allianz, RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany


December 8 – 19, 2014

Abigail Morrison offers the course “Simulation of Biological Neuronal Networks” in Freiburg. The course consists of lectures, practical exercises in NEST and a project. The event is a cooperation between the Bernstein Center Freiburg and the Simulation Lab Neuroscience at the Forschungszentrum Jülich.


December 8, 2014

NEST researchers contribute a chapter to a new book on Brain-Inspired Computing in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.


December 4 – 5, 2014

Markus Diesmann talks about „Computational network modeling“ at the BMFZ Meeting Brain networks – challenges and perspectives, Düsseldorf, Haus der Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany


December 2, 2014

IBM and Juelich publish a movie on the future of computing featuring NEST http://bit.ly/IBM_Julich


November 26 2014

Sacha van Albada gave an overview about NEST HPC status – technology and theory, BrainScaleS Demo 1, 2 and 3 workshop, Gif-sur-Yvette, France


November 4 2014

Markus Diesmann talks about “Simulation of brain-scale neuronal networks at cellular and synaptic resolution”, Maison de la Simulation, CEA, Gif-sur-Yvette, France


October 10, 2014

Together with colleagues from Japan, the Juelich groups publish “Spiking network simulation code for petascale supercomputers” describing a technology capable of orchestrating the full memory of petascale supercomputers like the K computer and JUQUEEN in a single simulation.


October 10, 2014

Together with colleagues from Japan, the Juelich groups publish “Spiking network simulation code for petascale supercomputers” describing a technology capable of orchestrating the full memory of petascale supercomputers like the K computer and JUQUEEN in a single simulation.


October 2 2014

Markus Diesmann talks about network simulation code for the peta scale” at the 4th Frontiers in Neuromorphic Computing Conference, BrainScaleS, Heidelberg, Germany


September 26 2014

Markus Diesmann talks about Simulation of brain-scale neuronal networks at cellular and synaptic resolution at the NeuroVisionen 10, Juelich, Germany


September 12 2014

Jochen Martin Eppler participated in and gave an invited talk about the motivations for code generation in NEST and prior work in this field at the INCF Workshop on Code Generation from Model Description Languages, Paris, France


September 8 – 14 2014

8.09.2014 - 14.09.2014

1st Human Brain Project School, Alpbach, Austria:
Markus Diesmann gives a lecture about “Simulation of brain-scale neuronal networks at cellular and synaptic resolution“.
Johanna Senk gives a tutorial about “Simulating large-scale spiking neuronal networks with NEST“.


August 3-30, 2014

NEST is one of the software packages used for the student projects at the Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. Sarah Jarvis participates as a tutor.


August 3-30, 2014

NEST is one of the software packages used for the student projects at the Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. Sarah Jarvis participates as a tutor.


August 2014

Markus Diesmann talks about “The K computer as an instrument to study brain-scale neuronal networks at microscopic resolution” at the SS-ken HPC Forum “Bridge to Exa”, Tokyo, Japan


June 24, 2014

Markus Diesmann speaks at ISC’14, Leipzig, Germany, about “The Network Simulator of the HBP ヨ NEST”.


June 24, 2014

Markus Diesmann speaks at ISC’14, Leipzig, Germany, about “The Network Simulator of the HBP ヨ NEST”.


June 16 – July 3, 2014

NEST is one of the software packages used for the student projects at the Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course 2014. Janne Moren participates as a tutor.


June 16 – July 3, 2014

NEST is one of the software packages used for the student projects at the Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course 2014. Janne Moren participates as a tutor.


June 4-5 2014

Sacha van Albada talks about NEST for large-scale simulations of physiology-based spiking networks, “Bernstein Network – Simulation Lab Neuroscience” HPC Workshop, Jülich, Germany


May 14 – 16 2014

Markus Diesmann talks about A full-scale spiking model of the local cortical network, OSB Workshop 2014: Building and sharing models of the corte, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy


March 18, 2014

Moritz Helias talks about “NEST, simulation technology for brain-scale networks at cellular and synaptic resolution” at the annual SOS conference, held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The talk discusses the improvements of the 4th generation simulation kernel that make it suitable for today’s peta-scale machines.


March 18, 2014

Moritz Helias talks about “NEST, simulation technology for brain-scale networks at cellular and synaptic resolution” at the annual SOS conference, held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The talk discusses the improvements of the 4th generation simulation kernel that make it suitable for today’s peta-scale machines.


January 16, 2014

Moritz Helias and colleagues show in PLoS Computational Biology that also in local networks of binary neurons the correlation structure results from the recurrent dynamics. NEST technology for the simulation of binary neurons is used to explore the validity of results obtained in the limit of infinite network size for the biological range of network sizes.


January 16, 2014

Moritz Helias and colleagues show in PLoS Computational Biology that also in local networks of binary neurons the correlation structure results from the recurrent dynamics. NEST technology for the simulation of binary neurons is used to explore the validity of results obtained in the limit of infinite network size for the biological range of network sizes.


January 7, 2014

Birgit Kriener and colleagues explore in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience the dependence of pattern formation in spiking ring networks on the input current regime. The authors use the NEST technology for spike interaction in continuous time for high-precision simulations not limited by a temporal grid.


January 7, 2014

Birgit Kriener and colleagues explore in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience the dependence of pattern formation in spiking ring networks on the input current regime. The authors use the NEST technology for spike interaction in continuous time for high-precision simulations not limited by a temporal grid.


January, 2014

NEST is one of the software packages used for student projects at the 5th Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience (LASCON V) held at the Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil. Sacha van Albada participates in the course as a lecturer and NEST tutor.


January, 2014

NEST is one of the software packages used for student projects at the 5th Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience (LASCON V) held at the Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil. Sacha van Albada participates in the course as a lecturer and NEST tutor.


Activities 2013

August 2, 2013

Members of the NEST initiative and colleagues from Japan and Germany run the largest neuronal network simulation to date using NEST on the Japanese supercomputer K. See press releases [1], [2], and further articles: The Asahi Shimbun (japanese version), QUARTZ, Handelsblatt, FAZ, Wikipedia: K computer (german), TOP500, c’t magazin (german). In response to the press releases, the access statistics of the wikipedia entry on NEST exhibits a prominent peak (screen shot).


August 24, 2013

Marc-Oliver Gewaltig speaks at the INCF Short Course in Neuroinformatics prior to the INCF Conference in Stockholm.


August 24, 2013

Marc-Oliver Gewaltig speaks at the INCF Short Course in Neuroinformatics prior to the INCF Conference in Stockholm.


September 18, 2013

Marc-Oliver Gewaltig gives keynote lecture at the Informatik2013 conference in Koblenz, Germany.


September 18, 2013

Marc-Oliver Gewaltig gives keynote lecture at the Informatik2013 conference in Koblenz, Germany.


September 6, 2013

Moritz Helias is awarded the Helmholtz Young Investigators Group “Theory of multi-scale neuronal networks”. The group will use NEST to validate mean-field approaches by high-precision and full-scale simulations of the microscopic dynamics.


September 6, 2013

Moritz Helias is awarded the Helmholtz Young Investigators Group “Theory of multi-scale neuronal networks”. The group will use NEST to validate mean-field approaches by high-precision and full-scale simulations of the microscopic dynamics.


September 10, 2013

The article Grytskyy D, Tetzlaff T, Diesmann M, and Helias M (2013), A unified view on weakly correlated recurrent networks, Front Comput Neurosci 7:131 describes the NEST implementation of binary neurons and Hawkes neurons.


June 19th

Markus Diesmann speaks at ISC’13, Leipzig, Germany, about “Simulation Technology for Brain-Scale Neuronal Networks”.


December 4, 2013

The Japanese “Science Channel” publishes a movie explaining the record neuronal network simulation performed on the K supercomputer using NEST (youtube version).


October 28, 2013

Marc-Oliver Gewaltig gives a talk at the Georges Giralt Symposium in Toulouse, France.


October 24, 2013

Markus Diesmann gives a tutorial on NEST at the workshop “Analysis of electrophysiological signals: Theoretical and practical approaches” in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, October 23-25, 2013.


July 28 – August 24, 2013

NEST is one of the software packages used for the student projects at the Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience 2013 in B?dlewo, Poland. Sacha van Albada participates as a tutor.


July 13-18, 2013

The NEST Inititive holds a tutorial on “Developing neuron and synapse models for NEST” (Abigail Morrison, Jochen Eppler) at CNS*13 in Paris and gives a demonstration of the visualization of simulated brain activity by virtual reality methods (Christian Nowke and Jochen Eppler). In addition, members of the NEST Initiative are actively participating with a tutorial on the “Theory of correlation transfer and correlation structure in recurrent networks” (Moritz Helias) and several poster contributions.


June 17 – July 4, 2013

NEST is one of the software packages used for the student projects at the Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course 2013. Pierre Yger participates as a tutor.


March 19, 2013

The article Helias M., Tetzlaff T. & Diesmann M., Echoes in correlated neural systems, New Journal of Physics 15(2):023002 (see February 1, 2013) has been selected for inclusion in IOPselect, a special collection of journal articles with “Substantial advances or significant breakthroughs”, “A high degree of novelty” and “Significant impact on future research”.


March 18 ヨ 20, 2013

Members of the NEST Inititative present neuroscientific work produced with NEST as well as NEST technology at the BCCN Freiburg Conference “Dynamics of neuronal systems”.


March 14, 2013

In an editorial of “Neuroinformatics”, Erik De Schutter comments positively on the development process of NEST and the perspectives of the Human Brain Project [3].


March 13-16, 2013

Members of the NEST Inititative present neuroscientific work produced with NEST as well as NEST technology at the 10th G�ttingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society (NWG). See [4] for the full program.


March 4th, 2013

Abigail Morrison and Markus Diesmann contribute talks at COSYNE 2013 to the workshop “Large-scale neuronal simulations – science, languages and platforms” on “Relating structure and activity in a full-scale local cortical network model” (MD) and “Scaling up neuronal simulations with NEST” (AM).


March 3rd, 2013

Markus Diesmann describes the history of the co-development of NEST for the K supercomputer in Kobe in volume 8 of the Bio Supercomputing Newsletter.


February 1, 2013

Moritz Helias, Tom Tetzlaff and Markus Diesmann publish an article on the structure of spike-train correlation functions in finite-size neural networks in the New Journal of Physics. By means of an analytically solvable model, the authors show, in particular, how the size of a spiking neural network can be scaled without changing its dynamical state. NEST simulations are used to demonstrate the validity of the mathematical framework.


January 28, 2013

The EU commission awards one of two EU Flagship grants to the Human Brain Project (HBP). NEST experts have already contributed to the HBP preparatory study demonstrating the feasibility of this project and in the coming 10 years are planning to advance simulation technology towards brain-scale simulations on next-generation supercomputers.


January 28, 2013

Gewaltig & Diesmann (2007), NEST (NEural Simulation Tool), Scholarpedia, 2(4):1430 is the top-cited Scholarpedia article (186 citations).


January 14-15, 2013

The newly established Simulation Laboratory Neuroscience (SLNS) at the Research Center J�lich is introduced to the scientific community (see [5]).


10.09.13

The article Grytskyy D, Tetzlaff T, Diesmann M, and Helias M (2013), A unified view on weakly correlated recurrent networks, Front Comput Neurosci 7:131 describes the NEST implementation of binary neurons and Hawkes neurons.


18.09.13

Marc-Oliver Gewaltig gives keynote lecture at the INCF Short Course in Neuroinformatics prior to the INCF Conference in Stockholm.


02.08.13

Members of the NEST initiative and colleagues from Japan and Germany run the largest neuronal network simulation to date using NEST on the Japanese supercomputer K. See press releases [1], [2], and further articles: The Asahi Shimbun (japanese version), QUARTZ, Handelsblatt, FAZ, Wikipedia: K computer (german), TOP500, c’t magazin (german). In response to the press releases, the access statistics of the wikipedia entry on NEST exhibits a prominent peak (screen shot).


August 2, 2013

Members of the NEST initiative and colleagues from Japan and Germany run the largest neuronal network simulation to date using NEST on the Japanese supercomputer K. See press releases [1], [2], and further articles: The Asahi Shimbun (japanese version), QUARTZ, Handelsblatt, FAZ, Wikipedia: K computer (german), TOP500, c’t magazin (german). In response to the press releases, the access statistics of the wikipedia entry on NEST exhibits a prominent peak (screen shot).


Activities 2012

December 27, 2012

Rembrandt Bakker, Thomas Wachtler and Markus Diesmann publish a perspectives article on “CoCoMac 2.0 and the future of tract-tracing databases” in Frontiers in Neuroinformatics.


December 21, 2012

NEST Initiative releases NEST 2.2.0 under GPLv2+, a new version of NEST containing substantial improvements and many new features.


December 4th, 2012

Markus Diesmann gives a lecture on “Brain-scale neuronal network simulations on K” at the 4th Biosupercomputing Symposium in Tokyo.


December 1st, 2012

The current Bernstein newsletter with a focus on collaborations with industry partners reports in [ http://www.nncn.uni-freiburg.de/pdfs/newsletter0412en “Networking with NEST”] (page 4-5) on the long-standing relationship of the NEST Initiative with the Bernstein Network highlighting the work of Dr. Marc-Oliver Gewaltig.


October 16, 2012

NEST goes GPL”: The NEST Initiative presents itself and the NEST 2.0.0 release under the GNU General Public License at the INCF booth at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in New Orleans (afternoon; see demo abstract) and at the Computational Neuroscience Social (6:45 PM-8:45 PM at Hilton Riverside: Versailles, New Orleans).

“October 12, 2012


September 20, 2012

Deger et al. publish an article in PLoS Computational Biology describing how cooperative synapse formation and elimination explains synapse distributions in cortex. The study analyses a simplified version of the structural-plasticity model [Helias et al., 2008] implemented in NEST. Press releases are featured by the University Freiburg (english, german) and the Bernstein Center Freiburg (english, german).


September 7, 2012

Marc-Oliver Gewaltig held a tutorial on “Workflows for Modeling and Simulation” at the INCF Short Course in Neuroinformatics in Munich

“August 2, 2012


July 21, 2012

Ruben Moreno-Bote and Moritz Helias hold a tutorial at CNS*12 in Decatur/Atlanta on the Theory of correlation transfer and correlation structure in recurrent networks. In the context of the tutorial, Moritz Helias explains how binary networks can be simulated with NEST. This enables verification of theoretical results on binary networks by direct simulation.


July 11, 2012

Bernstein TV (Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience) launches two NEST movies “NEST::documented” and “NEST – A brain simulator” (german versions: “NEST::documented”, “NEST – Ein Hirnsimulator).


July 8, 2012

The online magazin Telepolis (Heise) publishes an interview (german) with Markus Diesmann on brain simulation, the human brain project, the future of supercomputers and communication problems between journalists and scientists.


July 30-August 24, 2012

NEST is one of the software packages used for student projects at the Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience 2012 in B?dlewo, Poland. NEST expert Birgit Kriener participates as a tutor.


June 23, 2012

Jenia Jitsev receives both the Best Paper Award and Best Abstract Award at this yearメs International Joint Conference on Neuronal Networks (IJCNN) in Brisbane. His presentations display recent findings obtained with his modeling of the basal-ganglia neural network in reward-based learning, implemented in NEST [7].


June 11-29 2012

Markus Diesmann lectures at the Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course 2012. NEST is one of the software packages used for student projects. Moritz Deger participates as NEST tutor.


February, 2012

The paper by Lind�n et al. (2011) is commented on in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, and evaluated as a “Must Read” [8] in Faculty-of-1000 Biology.


January 17, 2012

An article in systembiologie.de describes the new institute INM-6 at Jülich Research Center (in German).


January 15- February 10, 2012

Tom Tetzlaff lectures at the 4th Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience (LASCON IV) at the University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. NEST is one of the software packages used for student projects. Tom Tetzlaff works as NEST tutor.


Activities 2011

December 12, 2011

Lindén et al. publish a manuscript on the spatial reach of the local-field potential (LFP) in the journal Neuron. In this study, NEST simulations of a cortical network model contribute realistic layer-specific synaptic input to the LFP model. Press releases (English, German) are featured by the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA) and the Research Center Jülich.


November 24-25, 2011

Jochen Martin Eppler from the NEST Initiative, Mikael Djurfeldt, creator of MUSIC and CSA, and Andrew Davison, creator of PyNN, meet in Gif sur Yvette for a hackathon to design and implement a native CSA interface for the NEST backend of PyNN and to discuss the future of the MUSIC interface for NEST.


October 2011

The web site of the Next-Generation Integrated Simulation of Living Matter (ISLIM) project links to NEST as one of the official simulation codes. Because of its performance NEST was selected a first runner on the K supercomputer.


October 27-28, 2011

Manchester-Jülich – EU BrainScaleS and IAS Workshop “What can Neuromorphic Computing and HPC learn from each other?” at the Research Center Jülich


October 4th, 2011

A publication by Yamauchi, Kim and Shinomoto extends the MAT neuron model by a voltage dependence of the threshold so that the model exhibits the full range of responses to transient currents. The paper shows that the model is “essentially linear” (Morrison et al. 2008) and can efficiently be implemented using technology developed by the NEST Initiative (Morrison et al. 2007, Rotter and Diesmann 1999).


September 19 – 30, 2011

NEST is the simulator used for practical activities at Simulation of Biological Neural Networks course at Bernstein Center Freiburg taught by NEST expert Prof. Abigail Morrison.


August 12, 2011

An independent publication on state of the art integration methods for spiking neuronal networks lists only NEST as a software package achieving the accuracy of the reference solution and points out the importance of handling spikes in continuous time (Henker et al. 2011 J Comput Neurosci doi:10.1007/s10827-011-0353-9). The detailed algorithm implemented in NEST has been published in Hanuschkin, Kunkel et al. 2010 Front Neuroinf 4:113. The latest version of PyNN provides an interface for enabling continuous spike interaction if provided by the simulation engine.


August 1 – 26, 2011

NEST is one of the software packages used for the student projects at the 16th Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience. This year NEST expert Moritz Deger will serve as a tutor.


July 23 – 28, 2011

Several projects involving NEST are presented at the CNS 2011 in Stockholm (see [8],[9],[10]).


June 21, 2011

NEST goes climate science. Anne Chapuis and Tom Tetzlaff (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) study the dynamics of glacier calving using NEST as a simulation tool. The work is presented by Tom Tetzlaff at the Biannual Meeting of the Norwegian Physical Society 2011. In an interview published by the largest Norwegian online science journal forskning.no, Anne Chapuis and Tom Tetzlaff talk about their project (in Norwegian)”.

“June 13 – 30, 2011


June 2011

USB-stick machine making NEST sticks at Forschungszentrum Jülich.

USB-stick machine making NEST sticks at Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Dr. Jochen Martin Eppler automates mass creation of NEST USB-sticks at Forschungszentrum Jülich.


June 9th, 2011

The front page of Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA) features the interview with Marcus Diesmann “Von Tokio nach Jülich: Prof. Markus Diesmann simuliert mit mathematischen Modellen Hirnaktivität” (“From Tokyo to Jülich: Prof. Markus Diesmann simulates brain activity with mathematical models,” in German).


May – September, 2011

NEST is a participating project in this year’s Google Summer of Code to deploy Continuous Integration infrastructure improving on the existing development practices (implemented by Yury V. Zaytsev and mentored by Prof. Abigail Morrison).


Spring Semester 2011

Large-Scale Neural Modeling class at Stanford University given by Dr. Kwabena Boahen and assisted by Peiran Gao used NEST for modeling exercises.


March 17th, 2011

The front page of Frontiers features the invited focused review by Helias et al. on “Finite post synaptic potentials cause a fast neuronal” response”.

“February 7th, 2011


January 24, 2011

NEST enabled research results were presented at a ceremony at the National Art Center Tokyo to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the treaty of friendship between Japan and Prussia organized by the German embassy. The event took place in the presence of the crown prince Naruhito of Japan, the vice foreign minister of Japan Matsumoto, and the German embassador Dr. Stanzel (more at DAAD news). As the result of a competitive selection process the study “What Japanese gardens teach us about neural dynamics” by Dr. Helias and co-workers was presented to the crown prince as one out of only two. A more detailed report on the latter work was just published in Frontiers in Neuroscience.


January 2011

An article about visualization of simulation results on JUGENE supercomputer in Jülich: “Visualizing Spiking Neurons in Virtual Reality”.


Activities 2010

November 14-15, 2010

NEST 2.0 is demonstrated during the SfN Annual Meeting in San Diego at the booth of the INCF (see below). The demonstration will take place on Nov. 15 from 9:30 to 12:30 in booth #4025 which will be in the Non-profit area of the exhibits. The full program of demos at the INCF booth can be downloaded at [11]. In addition, there is a NEST Poster in the scientific program on Sunday, November 14 from 11:00-12:00 in Halls B-H, 208.28/MMM19 and one at the Computational Neuroscience Social on Tuesday, November 16 from 6:45 pm-8:45 pm.


November 12, 2010

A paper about the FACETS Demonstrater has been submitted to Biological Cybernetics. A citable preprint is available at arXiv.org.


November 11, 2010

The first release candidate of NEST 2.0 is available including technology described in 4 recently published papers. See the release notes.


November 3, 2010

The manuscript “PyNN: a common interface for neuronal network simulators” has made it into the top 25 of most cited Frontiers articles since its original publishing date back in January 2009.


November 3, 2010

The manuscript “PyNEST: a convenient interface to the NEST simulator” has made it into the top 25 of most cited Frontiers articles since its original publishing date back in January 2009.


September 9, 2010

A manuscript reporting the first neuroscientific discovery with NEST only possible with the technology to simulate spike interactions in continuous time has been published at PLoS Computational Biology. The authors observe a previously overlooked instantaneous non-linear response of the integrate-and-fire neuron. Press-releases are available on the RIKEN BSI and the RIKEN (English and Japanese) as well as on the University Freiburg (English and German), the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience and the Bernstein Center Freiburg web site. Some resulting press coverage can be found here.


September 2 – 4 2010

NEST related poster contributions at Neuro2010 in Kobe


August 30 – September 1 2010

Poster contributions describe the current state of NEST at the INCF congress in Kobe


August 2 – 27 2010

NEST is one of the software packages used for the student projects at the 15th Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience


July 24 – 30 2010

At the CNS*2010 conference neuroscientific results obtained with NEST will be presented in one featured oral contribution and one short oral contribution: Chris Trengove


June 14 – July 1

NEST is one of the software packages to be used for the student projects at the Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course 2010. This year two NEST experts will serve as tutors: Wiebke Potjans (plasticity and neuromodulators) and Tobias Potjans (structured networks).


21.04.10

The Junior Professorship Programme of Baden-Wuerttemberg supports Prof. Abigail Morrison’s research on the neuronal basis of movement control. All simulations are carried out with NEST. press release


Activities 2009

October 7-9, 2009

FACETS CodeJam Workshop organized by Abigail Morrison and Bernd Wiebelt with Eilif Muller and Andrew Davison


September 6 – 8, 2009

Dr. Markus Diesmann is an invited speaker at the workshop “High performance computing and grid infrastructure for neuroinformatics applications” at the 2nd INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics
Tutoring by Moritz Helias


August 3 – 28, 2009

NEST is one of the software packages to be used for the student projects at the 14th Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience


July 22 – 23, 2009

Jochen Martin Eppler presents the NEST-Python integration in a workshop on “Python in Neuroscience” at the 18th Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting CNS*2009


July 18, 2009

“Large-Scale Neuronal Network Models: Principles and Practice,” a Bernstein-Tutorial at the CNS*2009 meeting by Dr. Hans Ekkehard Plesser


June 18, 2009

Dr. Marc-Oliver Gewaltig gives a NEST tutorial at the Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course 2009


June 15 – July 2, 2009

NEST is one of the software packages to be used for the student projects at the Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course 2009
Tutoring by Birgit Kriener


May 25 – 28, 2009

Dr. Marc-Oliver Gewaltig is an invited speaker at the 3rd Workshop on Detailed Modelling and Simulation of Signal Processing in Neurons


March 27 – 28, 2009

NEST related poster contributions to the 8th Göttingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society: T25-10A, T26-2B, -5B, -6B, -7B, -13B, -1C, -3C, -4C, -7C


March 19 – 21, 2009

Members of the NEST Initiative actively particpate in the INCF activity on Standards and Guidelines for Large-Scale Modeling
1st meeting of the task force held in Tokyo, Japan


March 17, 2009

Dr. Hans Ekkehard Plesser gives an invited talk on “Simulating Layered Neuronal Networks with PyNEST” at the University of Tsukuba, Japan


June 19, 2009

“Simulating large neural networks with the Neural Simulation Tool NEST”, a lecture by Dr. Marc-Oliver Gewaltig at the Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course 2008


16.11.09

NEST release 1.9.8401-2 contains an implementation of the award winning MAT2 neuron model by Kobayashi R, Tsubo Y, and Shinomoto S (2009) Front. Comput. Neurosci. 3:9 doi:10.3389/neuro.10.009.2009. Using this model, Dr. Kobayashi (Ritsumeikan University) won the 1st prizes for Challenges A and B of the INCF Quantitative Single-Neuron Modeling Competition 2009 awarded at the 2nd INCF Congress in Pilsen, Czech Republic.


Activities 2008

November 15 – 19, 2008

NEST poster and demo at the INCF booth at the 38th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience
Some conference contributions using the NEST simulator: 16.1, 326.16/C7, 220.1, 694.1/UU62


September 7 – 9, 2008

Live demonstration of NEST at the 1st INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics
NEST related poster contributions: 14, 46, 83, 87


August 4 – 29, 2008

NEST is one of the software packages to be used for the student projects at the 13th Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience
Tutoring by Moritz Helias


July 19 – 24, 2008

NEST related poster contributions to the 17th Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting CNS*2008: P60, P69, P131
NEST developers, Alexander Hanuschkin and Susanne Kunkel, receive an award for one of the best poster contributions


June 16 – July 3, 2008

NEST is one of the software packages to be used for the student projects at the Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course 2008
Tutoring by Birgit Kriener and Tom Tetzlaff


05.08.08

NEST tutorial by Dr. Marc-Oliver Gewaltig at the 13th Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience


Activities 2007

December 2007

NEST Poster at the INCF booth at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting 2007 in San Diego.


2007-08-01

NEST tutorial at the FIAS Neuroschool 2007 NEST is one of the software packages to be used for the student projects.


2007-08-01

NEST tutorial at the EU Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience in Arcachon, France. NEST is one of the software packages to be used for the student projects.


July 2007

NEST initiative participates in the workshop “Availability of published computational models for testing and attributed reuse” at the Computational Neuroscience, CNS*07 conference.


June 2007

NEST is used in the FACETS course “Modelling for beginners” in Stockholm.


June 2007

NEST technology is discussed in a tutorial on “Differential equations and numerics for large spiking neural networks” at the Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course, OCNC 2007.


May 2007

Paper on ‘Spike-Timing-Dependent Plasticity in Balanced Random Networks’ using NEST has been published in Neural Computation 2007; 19:1437-1467 A press release can be found here.


May 2007

The NEST web-site moves to MediaWiki, the wikipedia platform.


2007-04-01

NEST is discussed in a review on simulators, accepted for publication in JCNS.


2007-04-01

Milestones and bug-tracking moves to trac platform http://trac.edgewall.org/.


2007-04-01

Discussion on meta-simulator at FACETS CodeJam, Heidelberg.


02.04.2007 – 05.04.2007

Python interface for NEST completed at FACETS CodeJam, Heidelberg.


March 2007

Scholarpedia article on NEST published.


February 2007

Paper on ‘Exact Subthreshold Integration with Continuous Spike Times in Discrete-Time Neural Network Simulations’ using NEST published. Neural Computation. 2007;19:47-79


11.01.2007 – 13.01.2007

HRI participates in FACETS meeting.


January 2007

HRI introduced as an officially partner of FACETS.


Activities 2006

December 2006

Paper on “Programmable Logic Construction Kits for Hyper Real-time Neuronal Modeling” by Guerrero-Rivera R, Morrison A, Diesmann M, Pearce, TC (2006) (Neural Computation 18:2651–2679)


12.12.2006 – 13.12.2006

NEST represented at 1st INCF workshop on large-scale modeling; resulting report is consistent with many ideas developed in the course of the research on NEST operations.


2006-09-01

Pre-release of NEST 2 available with distributed computing and STDP capabilities.


2006-09-01

Diesmann reseach group moves to RIKEN BSI [12].


07.08.2006 – 01.09.2006

NEST is one of the software packages that has been used in the advanced course in computational neuroscience in Arcachon, France.


31.07.2006 – 11.08.2006

Introduction to NEST in the course “Simulation of biological neuronal networks” held at the BCCN in Freiburg.


16.07.2006 – 18.07.2006

NEST workshop at CNS Conference in Edinburgh.


February 2006

The website of the Black Forest Grid becomes operational.


25.05.06

Article describing technology for simulations with precise spike times accepted for publication by Neural Computation.


Activities 2005

2005-11-01

A SUN V40z, 4 x Dual Core 2.2Ghz Opteron SMP system with 32GB memory arrives at the BCCN in Freiburg. The system’s mission is:

  • explore the properties of complex cortical graphs
  • explore hybrid algorithms for large scale simulations combining message-passing with multi-threading to exploit modern computer architectures

2005-09-01

The EU funded FACETS project (Fast Analog Computing with Emergent Transient States) starts. NEST is one of the simulation tools used in this project.


01.08.2005 – 26.08.2005

NEST is one of the simulation tools used at the Computational Neuroscience Summer School in Arcachon, France.


17.07.2005 – 21.07.2005

Extended tutorial on NEST at the CNS*2005 Meeting in Madison, Wi.


18.01.2005 – 28.01.2005

Contribution to the Summer School on Advanced Scientific Computing in Alpine Heath Resort, Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


15.05.05

The Freiburg based researchers of the NEST Initiative are among the founding members of the Black Forest Grid (also available in German ).


Activities 2004

August/September 2004

Introduction of the Neuro Simulation Tool NEST at the Computational Neuroscience Summer School in Obidos, Portugal.


February 2004

Course Simulation of Biological Neural Networks at the University of Freiburg