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A unified framework for spiking and gap-junction interactions in distributed neuronal network simulations.

Hahne J, Helias M, Kunkel S, Igarashi J, Bolten M, Frommer A, Diesmann M - Front Neuroinform (2015)

Bottom Line: This approach is well-suited for simulations that employ only chemical synapses but it has so far impeded the incorporation of gap-junction models, which require instantaneous neuronal interactions.To show that the unified framework for gap-junction and spiking interactions achieves high performance and delivers high accuracy in the presence of gap junctions, we present benchmarks for workstations, clusters, and supercomputers.Finally, we discuss limitations of the novel technology.

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Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Science, Bergische Universität Wuppertal Wuppertal, Germany.

ABSTRACT
Contemporary simulators for networks of point and few-compartment model neurons come with a plethora of ready-to-use neuron and synapse models and support complex network topologies. Recent technological advancements have broadened the spectrum of application further to the efficient simulation of brain-scale networks on supercomputers. In distributed network simulations the amount of spike data that accrues per millisecond and process is typically low, such that a common optimization strategy is to communicate spikes at relatively long intervals, where the upper limit is given by the shortest synaptic transmission delay in the network. This approach is well-suited for simulations that employ only chemical synapses but it has so far impeded the incorporation of gap-junction models, which require instantaneous neuronal interactions. Here, we present a numerical algorithm based on a waveform-relaxation technique which allows for network simulations with gap junctions in a way that is compatible with the delayed communication strategy. Using a reference implementation in the NEST simulator, we demonstrate that the algorithm and the required data structures can be smoothly integrated with existing code such that they complement the infrastructure for spiking connections. To show that the unified framework for gap-junction and spiking interactions achieves high performance and delivers high accuracy in the presence of gap junctions, we present benchmarks for workstations, clusters, and supercomputers. Finally, we discuss limitations of the novel technology.

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Spike patterns for different gap weights. The panels show the spike times of the first 50 neurons of the inhibitory network described in Section 2.3 (Test case 2) over 3 s of biological time for JI = −25 pA. All results were obtained with the iterative method with cubic interpolation and step size 0.05 ms. (A) gap weight g = 0.3 nS (B) gap weight g = 0.54 nS (C) gap weight g = 0.7 nS.
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Figure 9: Spike patterns for different gap weights. The panels show the spike times of the first 50 neurons of the inhibitory network described in Section 2.3 (Test case 2) over 3 s of biological time for JI = −25 pA. All results were obtained with the iterative method with cubic interpolation and step size 0.05 ms. (A) gap weight g = 0.3 nS (B) gap weight g = 0.54 nS (C) gap weight g = 0.7 nS.

Mentions: Figure 9 shows the spiking behavior of the employed network for different choices of the gap weight g. For a lower gap weight g = 0.3 nS the network remains in an asynchronous state. In panel B (g = 0.54 nS) the network switches randomly between the asynchronous to the synchronous state, while for the highest gap weight g = 0.7 nS a stable synchronous state is reached. The exact transition between these two states as a function of the gap weight and depending on the employed integration method is visualized in Figure 10. To overcome statistical fluctuations caused by the random transitions between the asynchronous and the synchronous state, which can be observed in Figure 9B, the system needs to be simulated for prolonged time to obtain smooth transition curves. The transition is investigated for two different choices of the synaptic weight of the inhibitory synapses to demonstrate the influence of the chemical synapses on the location of the transition. The shift of the transition point between both choices of JI guarantees the influence of the chemical synapses on the global network dynamics, which is needed in order to show the correctness of the new iterative method for networks with chemical synapses and gap junctions.


A unified framework for spiking and gap-junction interactions in distributed neuronal network simulations.

Hahne J, Helias M, Kunkel S, Igarashi J, Bolten M, Frommer A, Diesmann M - Front Neuroinform (2015)

Spike patterns for different gap weights. The panels show the spike times of the first 50 neurons of the inhibitory network described in Section 2.3 (Test case 2) over 3 s of biological time for JI = −25 pA. All results were obtained with the iterative method with cubic interpolation and step size 0.05 ms. (A) gap weight g = 0.3 nS (B) gap weight g = 0.54 nS (C) gap weight g = 0.7 nS.
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Figure 9: Spike patterns for different gap weights. The panels show the spike times of the first 50 neurons of the inhibitory network described in Section 2.3 (Test case 2) over 3 s of biological time for JI = −25 pA. All results were obtained with the iterative method with cubic interpolation and step size 0.05 ms. (A) gap weight g = 0.3 nS (B) gap weight g = 0.54 nS (C) gap weight g = 0.7 nS.
Mentions: Figure 9 shows the spiking behavior of the employed network for different choices of the gap weight g. For a lower gap weight g = 0.3 nS the network remains in an asynchronous state. In panel B (g = 0.54 nS) the network switches randomly between the asynchronous to the synchronous state, while for the highest gap weight g = 0.7 nS a stable synchronous state is reached. The exact transition between these two states as a function of the gap weight and depending on the employed integration method is visualized in Figure 10. To overcome statistical fluctuations caused by the random transitions between the asynchronous and the synchronous state, which can be observed in Figure 9B, the system needs to be simulated for prolonged time to obtain smooth transition curves. The transition is investigated for two different choices of the synaptic weight of the inhibitory synapses to demonstrate the influence of the chemical synapses on the location of the transition. The shift of the transition point between both choices of JI guarantees the influence of the chemical synapses on the global network dynamics, which is needed in order to show the correctness of the new iterative method for networks with chemical synapses and gap junctions.

Bottom Line: This approach is well-suited for simulations that employ only chemical synapses but it has so far impeded the incorporation of gap-junction models, which require instantaneous neuronal interactions.To show that the unified framework for gap-junction and spiking interactions achieves high performance and delivers high accuracy in the presence of gap junctions, we present benchmarks for workstations, clusters, and supercomputers.Finally, we discuss limitations of the novel technology.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Science, Bergische Universität Wuppertal Wuppertal, Germany.

ABSTRACT
Contemporary simulators for networks of point and few-compartment model neurons come with a plethora of ready-to-use neuron and synapse models and support complex network topologies. Recent technological advancements have broadened the spectrum of application further to the efficient simulation of brain-scale networks on supercomputers. In distributed network simulations the amount of spike data that accrues per millisecond and process is typically low, such that a common optimization strategy is to communicate spikes at relatively long intervals, where the upper limit is given by the shortest synaptic transmission delay in the network. This approach is well-suited for simulations that employ only chemical synapses but it has so far impeded the incorporation of gap-junction models, which require instantaneous neuronal interactions. Here, we present a numerical algorithm based on a waveform-relaxation technique which allows for network simulations with gap junctions in a way that is compatible with the delayed communication strategy. Using a reference implementation in the NEST simulator, we demonstrate that the algorithm and the required data structures can be smoothly integrated with existing code such that they complement the infrastructure for spiking connections. To show that the unified framework for gap-junction and spiking interactions achieves high performance and delivers high accuracy in the presence of gap junctions, we present benchmarks for workstations, clusters, and supercomputers. Finally, we discuss limitations of the novel technology.

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