[Comp-neuro] Release of NEST 2.8.0

Jochen Martin Eppler j.eppler at fz-juelich.de
Sun Sep 27 22:09:52 CEST 2015

Dear NEST users,

NEST 2.8.0 is distributed under the GNU General Public License version
2 (or later). This version marks the completion of our development
efforts during the HBP ramp up phase and consists of 290 repository
checkins by 25 developers since 2.6.0. The most notable changes are:

   * The new connection framework introduced in NEST 2.6.0 can now handle
     parameter arrays for the 'all-to-all' and 'one-to-one' rules.
   * A new propagator for integrate-and-fire neurons correctly handles
     the case where membrane and synapse time constants are similar or
     the same.
   * Better documentation and much extended examples for PyNEST improve
     the discoverability of NEST's features.

All users are encouraged to upgrade and adapt their simulation scripts
to the changes in the user interface at this point in time to benefit
from the improvements in the new version.

For a full list of changes and download links, see


IMPORTANT: some of the defaults in NEST changed. You might have to
adapt your scripts accordingly. See the release notes for details.

Best regards,

Dr. Jochen Martin Eppler
Phone: +49 2461 61-9471
Simulation Laboratory Neuroscience
Jülich Supercomputing Centre
Institute for Advanced Simulation

Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH
52425 Juelich
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Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats: MinDir Dr. Karl Eugen Huthmacher
Geschaeftsfuehrung: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt (Vorsitzender),
Karsten Beneke (stellv. Vorsitzender), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Bolt,
Prof. Dr. Sebastian M. Schmidt

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