Brian: a simulator for spiking neural networks in python

by Dan Goodman, Romain Brette
Abstract:
“Brian” is a new simulator for spiking neural networks, written in Python (http://brian. di.ens.fr). It is an intuitive and highly flexible tool for rapidly developing new models, especially networks of single-compartment neurons. In addition to using standard types of neuron models, users can define models by writing arbitrary differential equations in ordinary mathematical notation. Python scientific libraries can also be used for defining models and analysing data. Vectorisation techniques allow efficient simulations despite the overheads of an interpreted language. Brian will be especially valuable for working on non-standard neuron models not easily covered by existing software, and as an alternative to using Matlab or C for simulations. With its easy and intuitive syntax, Brian is also very well suited for teaching computational neuroscience.
Reference:
Dan Goodman, Romain Brette, 2008. Brian: a simulator for spiking neural networks in python, Frontiers in neuroinformatics, volume 2.
Bibtex Entry:
@article{Goodman2008,
 abstract = {"Brian" is a new simulator for spiking neural networks, written in Python (http://brian. di.ens.fr). It is an intuitive and highly flexible tool for rapidly developing new models, especially networks of single-compartment neurons. In addition to using standard types of neuron models, users can define models by writing arbitrary differential equations in ordinary mathematical notation. Python scientific libraries can also be used for defining models and analysing data. Vectorisation techniques allow efficient simulations despite the overheads of an interpreted language. Brian will be especially valuable for working on non-standard neuron models not easily covered by existing software, and as an alternative to using Matlab or C for simulations. With its easy and intuitive syntax, Brian is also very well suited for teaching computational neuroscience.},
 author = {Goodman, Dan
and Brette, Romain},
 day = {18},
 doi = {10.3389/neuro.11.005.2008},
 issn = {1662-5196},
 journal = {Frontiers in neuroinformatics},
 language = {eng},
 month = {Nov},
 pages = {5},
 title = {Brian: a simulator for spiking neural networks in python.},
 url = {https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2605403/pdf/fninf-02-005.pdf},
 volume = {2},
 year = {2008}
}