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NCS: A Novel CPU/GPU Simulation Environment for Large-Scale Biologically-Realistic Neural Modeling
Roger Hoang · Devyani Tanna · Laurence C Jayet Bray · Sergiu Dascalu · Frederick Harris, Jr

Fri Dec 06 07:00 PM -- 11:59 PM (PST) @ Tahoe B, Harrah’s Special Events Center 2nd Floor

We present a novel CPU/GPU simulation environment for large-scale biological networks, the NeoCortical Simulator version 6 (NCS6). NCS6 is a free, open-source, parallelizable, and scalable simulator, designed to run on clusters of multiple machines, potentially with high performance computing devices in each of them. It has built-in leaky-integrate-and-fire (LIF) and Izhikevich (IZH) neuron models, but users also have the capability to design their own plug-in interface for different neuron types as desired. NCS6 is currently able to simulate one million cells and 100 million synapses in quasi real time by distributing data across these heterogeneous clusters of CPUs and GPUs.

A new python interface for NCS6 will also be presented.

Author Information

Roger Hoang (University of Nevada, Reno)
Devyani Tanna (University of Nevada, Reno)
Laurence C Jayet Bray (University of Nevada, Reno)
Sergiu Dascalu (University of Nevada, Reno)
Frederick Harris, Jr (University of Nevada, Reno)

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