NEST is best suited for the simulation of large networks of spiking point-neuron models. The internal dynamics of these models may be arbitrarily complex (or simple).
The main focus of NEST simulations is the dynamics and behavior of large networks of neurons. The dynamics of the individual neurons is assumed to be known.
While NEST helps you to flexibly design network architectures, it does not provide you with an easy, that is interactive, mechanism to change the internal workings of a neuron model. This has to be done at the C++ level and requires recompilation of NEST.
NEST is a command-line application that enables the user to formulate his simulation as a simulation script which is then executed by NEST's simulation language interpreter. The result of a simulation is typically a set of data-files which can then be processed by tools like Matlab, IDL, or Mathematica.
NEST is developed across a range of Unix varieties and it is known to work on: Mac OS X (10.3), Linux, HP Tru64 Unix, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, Windows (under CygWin), and SGI Altix.
· Apple Xcode (for building from source)
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· NEST 2.2.1 is primarily a bugfix release, resolving several bugs in the build system, PyNEST, topology module and built-in models.