Scalable cortical simulations on Beowulf architectures

Claverol, E.T., Brown, A.D. and Chad, J.E. (2002) Scalable cortical simulations on Beowulf architectures. Neurocomputing, 43, (1), 307-315. (doi:10.1016/S0925-2312(01)00668-3).


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Biologically motivated simulation of large scale neural networks is a computationally costly task. In this paper, a commodity 8-node Beowulf architecture is proposed as a scalable low cost environment for studies of cortical dynamics, By means of a distributed message-based event-driven framework, the size of memory-limited tractable problems increased 8-fold, resulting in a mere 8.3% increase in elapsed CPU time, attributable to inter-process communication overhead. The attainable network size reached over 106 neu- rons and 2.5 x 108 synapses, with a typical performance of 900 s, Beowulf processing time, per simulated second. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/S0925-2312(01)00668-3
ISSNs: 0925-2312 (print)
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Keywords: cellular automata neuronal networks
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Biological Sciences
ePrint ID: 37943
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Date Deposited: 26 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:07

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