simulator for spiking neural networks

Brian is a clock-driven simulator for spiking neural networks. It is designed with an emphasis on flexibility and extensibility, for rapid development and refinement of neural models. Neuron models are specified by sets of user-specified differential equations, threshold conditions and reset conditions (given as strings). The focus is primarily on networks of single compartment neuron models (e.g. leaky integrate-and-fire or Hodgkin-Huxley type neurons). Features include:

  • a system for specifying quantities with physical dimensions
  • exact numerical integration for linear differential equations
  • Euler, Runge-Kutta and exponential Euler integration for nonlinear differential equations
  • synaptic connections with delays
  • short-term and long-term plasticity (spike-timing dependent plasticity)
  • a library of standard model components, including integrate-and-fire equations, synapses and ionic currents
  • a toolbox for automatically fitting spiking neuron models to electrophysiological recordings

Related packages: python-brian-doc, python-brian-lib

Additional information
  • D.F. Goodman, R. Brette (2008). Brian: A Simulator for Spiking Neural Networks in Python. Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, 2. DOI PubMed
  • D.F. Goodman, R. Brette (2009). The Brian simulator. Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, 3. DOI PubMed

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This software package is maintained for (Neuro)Debian by the follow individuals and/or groups:

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Yaroslav Halchenko
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Michael Hanke

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Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (squeeze)   1.4.1-1~nd60+1 i386, amd64, sparc
Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 (wheezy) 1.3.1-1 1.4.1-1~nd70+1 i386, amd64, sparc
Debian GNU/Linux 8.0 (jessie) 1.4.1-2 1.4.1-1~nd70+1 i386, amd64, sparc
Debian testing (stretch) 1.4.1-2 1.4.1-1~nd70+1+nd90+1 i386, amd64, sparc
Debian unstable (sid) 1.4.1-3 1.4.1-1~nd+1 i386, amd64, sparc
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS “Lucid Lynx” (lucid)   1.3.1-1~nd10.04+1 i386, amd64
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS “Precise Pangolin” (precise) 1.3.1-1build1 1.4.1-1~nd12.04+1 i386, amd64, sparc
Ubuntu 14.04 “Trusty Tahr” (trusty) 1.3.1-1build1 1.4.1-1~nd13.04+1+nd13.10+1+nd14.04+1 i386, amd64, sparc
Ubuntu 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn” (utopic) 1.4.1-2    
Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” (vivid) 1.4.1-2    
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