NeuronC Neural Simulation Language
This page provides information about NeuronC, a neural circuit
simulation language that allows a user to construct a realistic
biophysically-based model of a neural circuit (1 to 10,000
neurons) and simulate a physiology experiment on it.
- It's free (source code included).
- Runs under virtually any Unix system.
- Includes drivers for VGA, X11, PS.
- Comes with programs for plotting and displaying data.
- Manual comes with distribution.
- New additions to the simulator.
- NeuronC is described in a methods paper.,
J. Neurosci. Methods (1992) 43: 83-108.
- Click here to receive the
Measurements of simulation speed based on the number of
compartments solved per second are usually inappropriate and can
be incorrect. Read about the measurement
of simulation speed.
NeuronC was originally based on Mike Hines' "Cable" neuron simulator
package which was an interpreted language that gave the user great
flexibility. However, NeuronC has been greatly enhanced to allow the
user to simulate a neural circuit, display it in 3D, and simulate a
complete physiology experiment. Both interpreted and fully-compiled
versions of NeuronC are included
in the NeuronC distribution.
3-d visualization schemes
NeuronC can produce accurate 3D views of a neural circuit model.
For more realistic perspective and surfaces, NeuronC creates a
scene for rendering with the "Povray"
ray-tracer. Neural elements can be displayed
from different perspectives with a wide variety of lighting, surface color and
texture. Povray is easily compiled and is available for many
types of operating system.
Other neural circuit simulators
Erik de Shutter's neural simulator Nodus.
The GENESIS neural circuit simulator.
The NEURON neural circuit simulator.
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