On 03.11.19 11:03, Roman Kalivoda wrote:
Hello Nest users,
I recently started to work on my bachelor thesis and the first step is to find existing
simulators of neural networks and analyze them. Regarding that, I have some questions
about the Nest to which I cannot find answers.
Is there some graphical interface for Nest? I have found a GitHub project called
), but I could not find it being
mentioned anywhere in the nest simulator documentation. Does anyone have some experience
with this? Is it reliable? What is it capable of?
Few years ago NEST Desktop was started as an independent project but it
requires NEST Simulator to perform simulation.
Its primarily goal was to develop an educational GUI for numerical
simulations (in this case with NEST Simulator) for students who has no
We have positive feedback from MSc and BSc students in last 2 years.
Currently, we are pushing NEST Desktop for large scale of users.
In our plan everyone can deploy NEST Desktop on their computer or
prepare NEST Desktop for computational courses.
Additionally, we are integrating NEST Desktop on Human Brain Project
resources, but it is rather in a beta state, not very stable.
The documentation for NEST Desktop is currently in progress. In few
weeks I will back to you with new updates.
If there is not any official Nest GUI, how do you typically work on
new simulations? Do you just write plain python scripts for PyNest interface?
NEST Simulator has no GUI. In my view, writing scripts is reliable and
stable compared to GUI.
Typically, people write scripts in SLI (the core language of NEST) or in
Python (with PyNEST) to perform simulations with large-scale networks.
I am passing the question about NEST architecture because I am not the
core developer of NEST Simulator.
The last request is directed more to the developers, but maybe
someone can lead me in the right way. My thesis lead would like to see some schema of the
Nest architecture or some overview of how the simulator is designed.
Thank you very much,
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