A spiking neural network simulator written in Julia.
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October 2015


SpikeNet is a minimalist neural network simulator written in Julia. It is meant to run smallish networks of spiking or hybrid neurons with pretty good performance and a focus on experimentation with non-standard models.

SpikeNet does a lot less than other simulators. In fact it's hardly a simulator at all! There is no main loop, only a collection of tools that you can use to turn a set of model equations into a working simulation:

  • elementwise kernels with a syntax inspired by Brian
  • running kernels on populations
  • running kernels on pathways
  • recording state

SpikeNet supports both spikes and rates, but assumes that the network activity is sparse -- it is not optimised to run large networks of rate neurons, as it will not try to use efficient matrix operations.