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The 171st R-CCS Cafe -part I

The 171st R-CCS Cafe -part I
Date and Time: Tue. June 11, 2019, 14:05 - 14:40
Place: Lecture Hall (6th floor) at R-CCS

Title: A brief history of NEST on supercomputers
Speaker: Susanne Kunkel (PostDoc, The Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

Presentation Language: English
Presentation Material: English

Abstract:Detail

NEST is a simulator for large-scale spiking neuronal networks with a history dating back to the late 1990s. The definition of what is considered a large-scale network has changed since as ever more powerful HPC facilities have become available. Contemporary supercomputers even provide the resources to represent brain-scale spiking neuronal networks. However, in order to enable neuronal simulators to exploit such resources, simulation code had to undergo fundamental design changes. Today, NEST works efficiently for a broad variety of models and on various platforms, from laptops to supercomputers. In my talk I will give an introduction to the NEST simulator and review the technological advances of the last years that have made NEST such an extremely scalable simulation tool.