Welcome to the NEST simulator documentation!
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NEST is a simulator for spiking neural network models, ideal for networks of any size, for example:
- Models of information processing e.g. in the visual or auditory cortex of mammals,
- Models of network activity dynamics, e.g. laminar cortical networks or balanced random networks,
- Models of learning and plasticity.
- New to NEST?
- Start here at our :doc:`Getting Started <getting_started>` page
- Have an idea of the type of model you need?
- Click on one of the images to access our model directory:
Create complex networks using the Topology Module or the Microcircuit Model:
- Need a different model?
- Check out how you can :doc:`create you own model <models/create_model>` here.
- Have a question or issue with NEST?
- See our :doc:`Getting Help <getting_help>` page.
How the documentation is organized
- :doc:`Tutorials <tutorials/index>` show you step by step instructions using NEST. If you haven't used NEST before, the PyNEST tutorial is a good place to start.
- :doc:`Example Networks <examples/index>` demonstrate the use of dozens of the neural network models implemented in NEST.
- :doc:`Topical Guides <guides/index>` provide deeper insight into several topics and concepts from :doc:`Parallel Computing <guides/parallel_computing>` to handling :doc:`Gap Junction Simulations <guides/simulations_with_gap_junctions>` and :doc:`setting up a topological network <topology/index>`.
- :doc:`Reference Material <ref_material/index>` provides a quick look up of definitions, functions and terms.
- Have you used NEST in an article or presentation? :doc:`Let us know <community>` and we will add it to our list of publications. Find out how to :doc:`cite NEST <citing-nest>` in your work.
- If you have any comments or suggestions, please share them on our :doc:`Mailing List <community>`.
- Want to contribute code? Check out our Developer Space to get started!
- For more info about our larger community and the history of NEST check out the NEST Initiative website
Links to other projects:
The NeuralEnsemble is a community-based initiative to promote and co-ordinate open-source software development in neuroscience. They host numerous software including PyNN, a simulator-independent language for building neuronal network models and Elephant (Electrophysiology Analysis Toolkit), a package for the analysis of neurophysiology data, using Neo data structures.