Algorithm and Software for Simulation of Spiking Neural Networks on the Multi-Chip SpiNNaker System

Provided by: The University of Maine at Machias
Topic: Hardware
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In this paper the authors present the algorithm and software developed for parallel simulation of spiking neural networks on multiple SpiNNaker universal neuromorphic chips. It not only describes approaches to simulating neural network models, such as dynamics, neural representations, and synaptic delays, but also presents the software design of loading a neural application and initial a simulation on the multi-chip SpiNNaker system. A series of sub-issues are also investigated, such as neuron-processor allocation, synapses distribution, and route planning. The platform is verified by running spiking neural applications on both the SoC Designer model and the physical SpiNNaker test chip.

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