Rallpacks: a set of benchmarks for neuronal simulators

Bhalla, Upinder S. ; Bilitch, David H. ; Bower, James M. (1992) Rallpacks: a set of benchmarks for neuronal simulators Trends in Neurosciences, 15 (11). pp. 453-458. ISSN 0166-2236

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The field of computational neurobiology has advanced to the point where there are several general-purpose simulators to choose from. These cater to various niches in the world of realistic neuronal models, which range from the molecular level to descriptions of entire sensory modalities. In addition, there are numerous custom-designed simulations, adaptations of electrical circuit simulators, and other specific implementations of neurobiological models. As a first step towards evaluating this disparate set of simulators and simulations, and towards establishing standards for comparisons of speed and accuracy, we describe a set of benchmarks. These have been given the name 'Rallpacks' in honor of Wilfrid Rall, who pioneered the study of neuronal systems through analytical and numerical techniques.

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