[Comp-neuro] Workshop announcement at the EITN March 2-4 2015

EITN eitn at unic.cnrs-gif.fr
Fri Jan 30 12:35:58 CET 2015

More information and registration on the following website 

*Due to a limited number of seats, the registration is free however 

**March 2nd-4th 2015, EITN Paris
1^st community workshop HBP network simulator*

*“Are we building the right thing? – Requirements from theory for 
simulation environments and neuromorphic computing”*


Organized by Andrew Davison, Jeff Muller, Jochen Eppler, David Lester, 
Abigail Morrison and Markus Diesmann in collaboration with the EITN.**

The HBP creates novel ICT infrastructure for the neuroscience community. 
Simulation engines in software and hardware for different levels of 
description are accessible through a unified collaboration portal (UP) 
providing version control and provenance tracking. The simulation engine 
for networks of abstract spiking neuron models called the network 
simulator provided by the software NEST particularly targets theoretical 
neuroscience and neurorobotics. This workshop presents the capabilities 
of the network simulator and the corresponding PyNN expressions as 
available at the end of the ramp-up phase of the HBP in March 2016. 
Neuromorphic hardware provided by the NM-PM1 (Heidelberg) and SpiNNaker 
(Manchester) systems enable the translation of a restricted set of 
software models to a platform with accelerated speed and reduced power 
consumption for high-throughput studies and interaction with the real 
world. With this background, the main part of the workshop is reserved 
for a discussion of the scientific challenges and plans of theoretical 
neuroscience to derive future requirements on the simulation engine. 
This will help developers to optimize the roadmap of the second phase of 
the HBP with the aim to maximize usefulness, uptake, and impact.

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