• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2018, Volume: 11, Issue: 39, Pages: 1-7

Original Article

Massively Parallel Computational Schemes for Simulating Spiking Neural Networks Using GPU Accelerators


Objectives: To review various tools available for simulating Spiking Neural Networks using heterogeneous parallel processing platforms that help to reduce cost, increase the computational speed and also to document/archive lessons learnt. Methods/Statistical Analysis: The computational speed is a continuing challenge for simulating genuine spiking neural network models. Understanding of the spiking neural networks is significantly simplified by computer simulators like NEST, GeNN, EDLUT and BRIAN. Findings: Simulation is a handy toolkit of scientists and engineers of all disciplines. NEST, GeNN, EDLUT and BRIAN simulators help in achieving better performance not in terms of same kind of processing but with additional special tasks which require more computational power. BRIAN and EDLUT which are hybrid simulators supports both time driven and event driven techniques and outperform when compared to other simulators. Application/Improvements: Using BRIAN and EDLUT simulation techniques we can achieve the high performance when compared to other spiking neural simulation techniques. 

Keywords: Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Accelerators, Massive Parallel Computation, Simulation, Spiking Neural Network


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