[Comp-neuro] Brian 1.1: a pure Python neural simulator

Romain Brette romain.brette at ens.fr
Tue Feb 3 15:55:45 CET 2009

Brian 1.1: a pure Python neural simulator
http:// www.briansimulator.org

The 1.1 release of Brian is out!

Brian is a simulator for spiking neural networks available on almost all 
platforms. The motivation for this project is that a simulator should 
not only save the time of processors, but also the time of scientists. 
Brian is easy to learn and use, highly flexible and easily extensible. 
The Brian package itself and simulations using it are all written in the 
Python programming language, which is an easy, concise and highly 
developed language with many advanced features and development tools, 
excellent documentation and a large community of users providing support 
and extension packages. This makes Brian an excellent choice for teaching.

New features in version 1.1:
* spike-timing-dependent plasticity
* short-term plasticity
* heterogeneous delays

Brian is being developed by Romain Brette (romain at briansimulator.org) 
and Dan Goodman (dan at briansimulator.org).

The web site (http://www.briansimulator.org) contains installation 
instructions and the documentation. Many examples are provided in the 
distribution (don’t forget to download the extras.zip file). There is 
also a public forum where you can ask any questions: 

We take this opportunity to announce that we are seeking collaborators 
to help us with the Brian project. More details here: 
We would also be very glad if happy Brian users could send us a short 
email to tell us what they use Brian for, and we could link to them on 
our web site.

Romain Brette
romain.brette at ens.fr

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