Tools for simulating neural models generated using Nengo on the SpiNNaker platform

Project description

nengo_spinnaker is a SpiNNaker-based simulator for models built using Nengo. It allows real-time simulation of large-scale models.

Quick Start

Install using pip:

$pip install nengo_spinnaker Configure nengo_spinnaker to use your local SpiNNaker system: $ nengo_spinnaker_setup

Using nengo_spinnaker

To use SpiNNaker to simulate your Nengo model first construct the model as normal. Then use nengo_spinnaker.Simulator to simulate your model.:

import nengo_spinnaker

# Build model as normal

sim = nengo_spinnaker.Simulator(network)
sim.run(10.0)

# When done
sim.close()

After running your model you must call close to leave the SpiNNaker machine in a clean state. Alternatively a with block may be used to ensure the simulator is closed after use:

with sim:
sim.run(10.0)

Some specific configuration options are available for SpiNNaker. To use these:

# Modify config to use SpiNNaker parameters
nengo_spinnaker.add_spinnaker_params(network.config)

Current settings are:

• function_of_time - Mark a Node as being a function of time only.

• function_of_time_period - Provide the period of the Node.

For example:

with model:
signal = nengo.Node(lambda t: np.sin(t))

model.config[signal].function_of_time = True

Settings File

In order to know which SpiNNaker system to use, nengo_spinnaker uses a config file called nengo_spinnaker.conf file in either the directory you will be running your code from or, more usefully, a centralised location. The centralised location varies based on your operating system:

• Windows: %userprofile%\.nengo\nengo_spinnaker.conf

• Other: ~/.config/nengo/nengo_spinnaker.conf

A utility called nengo_spinnaker_setup installed with nengo_spinnaker can be used to create this file. By default, the config file is created centrally but adding the --project option will create a config file in the current directory (which applies only when running models in that directory).

An annotated example config file is provided for users who wish to create their config file by hand.

Developers

See DEVELOP.md for information on how to get involved in nengo_spinnaker development and how to install and build the latest copy of nengo_spinnaker.

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