# PyNN API version 0.5¶

## Simulation setup and control¶

### setup(timestep=0.1, min_delay=0.1, max_delay=10.0, debug=False, **extra_params)¶

Should be called at the very beginning of a script. extra_params contains any keyword arguments that are required by a given simulator but not by others.

### end(compatible_output=True)¶

Do any necessary cleaning up before exiting.

### run(simtime)¶

Run the simulation for simtime ms.

### get_time_step()¶

Return the integration time step.

### get_current_time()¶

Return the current time in the simulation.

### get_min_delay()¶

Return the minimum allowed synaptic delay.

### get_max_delay()¶

Return the maximum allowed synaptic delay.

### rank()¶

Return the MPI rank of the current node.

### num_processes()¶

Return the number of MPI processes.

## Procedural interface for creating, connecting and recording networks¶

### create(cellclass, cellparams=None, n=1)¶

Create n cells all of the same type.

If n > 1, return a list of cell ids/references.

If n==1, return just the single id.

### connect(source, target, weight=None, delay=None, synapse_type=None, p=1, rng=None)¶

Connect a source of spikes to a synaptic target.

source and target can both be individual cells or lists of cells, in which case all possible connections are made with probability p, using either the random number generator supplied, or the default rng otherwise. Weights should be in nA or µS.

### set(cells, param, val=None)¶

Set one or more parameters of an individual cell or list of cells.

param can be a dict, in which case val should not be supplied, or a string giving the parameter name, in which case val is the parameter value.

### record(source, filename)¶

Record spikes to a file. source can be an individual cell or a list of cells.

### record_v(source, filename)¶

Record membrane potential to a file. source can be an individual cell or a list of cells.

### record_gsyn(source, filename)¶

Record synaptic conductances to a file. source can be an individual cell or a list of cells.

## Object-oriented interface for creating, connecting and recording networks¶

### Population¶

An array of neurons all of the same type. ‘Population’ is used as a generic term intended to include layers, columns, nuclei, etc., of cells.

__init__(self, dims, cellclass, cellparams=None, label=None)

Create a population of neurons all of the same type.

dims should be a tuple containing the population dimensions, or a single
integer, for a one-dimensional population. e.g., (10,10) will create a two-dimensional population of size 10x10.

cellclass should either be a standardized cell class (a class inheriting from common.!StandardCellType) or a string giving the name of the simulator-specific model that makes up the population. cellparams should be a dict which is passed to the neuron model constructor label is an optional name for the population.

Return a representation of the cell with coordinates given by addr, suitable for being passed to other methods that require a cell id. Note that !__getitem!__ is called when using [] access, e.g.

p = Population(...)

p[2,3] is equivalent to p.!__getitem!__((2,3)).

Also accepts slices, e.g.

p[0,3:6]

which returns an array of cells.

__iter__(self)

Iterator over cell ids on the local node.

__len!__(self)

Return the total number of cells in the population.

Iterator over cell addresses on the local node.

all(self)

Iterator over cell ids on all nodes.

can_record(self, variable)

Determine whether variable can be recorded from this population.

describe(self, template=’standard’)

Returns a human-readable description of the population

get(self, parameter_name, as_array=False)

Get the values of a parameter for every cell in the population.

getSpikes(self, gather=True, compatible_output=True)

Return a 2-column numpy array containing cell ids and spike times for recorded cells. Useful for small populations, for example for single neuron Monte-Carlo.

get_gsyn(self, gather=True, compatible_output=True)

Return a 3-column numpy array containing cell ids and synaptic conductances for recorded cells.

get_v(self, gather=True, compatible_output=True)

Return a 2-column numpy array containing cell ids and Vm for recorded cells.

id_to_index(self, id)

Given the ID of a cell in the Population, return its index (order in the Population).

>>> assert id_to_index(p.index(5)) == 5


ids(self)

Iterator over cell ids on the local node.

index(self, n)

Return the nth cell in the population (Indexing starts at 0). n may be a list or array, e.g., [i,j,k], in which case, returns the ith, jth and kth cells in the population.

inject(self, current_source)

Connect a current source to all cells in the Population.

locate(self, id)

Given an element id in a Population, return the coordinates.

e.g. for 4 6 , element 2 has coordinates (1,0) and value 7
7 9

meanSpikeCount(self, gather=True)

Returns the mean number of spikes per neuron.

nearest(self, position)

Return the neuron closest to the specified position.

printSpikes(self, filename, gather=True, compatible_output=True)**

Write spike times to file.

If compatible_output is True, the format is “spiketime cell_id”, where cell_id is the index of the cell counting along rows and down columns (and the extension of that for 3-D). This allows easy plotting of a raster’ plot of spiketimes, with one line for each cell. The timestep, first id, last id, and number of data points per cell are written in a header, indicated by a ‘#’ at the beginning of the line.

If compatible_output is False, the raw format produced by the simulator is used. This may be faster, since it avoids any post-processing of the spike files.

For parallel simulators, if gather is True, all data will be gathered to the master node and a single output file created there. Otherwise, a file will be written on each node, containing only the cells simulated on that node.

print_gsyn(self, filename, gather=True, compatible_output=True)

Write synaptic conductance traces to file.

If compatible_output is True, the format is “t g cell_id”, where cell_id is the index of the cell counting along rows and down columns (and the extension of that for 3-D). The timestep, first id, last id, and number of data points per cell are written in a header, indicated by a ‘#’ at the beginning of the line. If compatible_output is False, the raw format produced by the simulator is used. This may be faster, since it avoids any post-processing of the voltage files.

print_v(self, filename, gather=True, compatible_output=True)

Write membrane potential traces to file.

If compatible_output is True, the format is “v cell_id”, where cell_id is the index of the cell counting along rows and down columns (and the extension of that for 3-D). The timestep, first id, last id, and number of data points per cell are written in a header, indicated by a ‘#’ at the beginning of the line.

If compatible_output is False, the raw format produced by the simulator is used. This may be faster, since it avoids any post-processing of the voltage files.

For parallel simulators, if gather is True, all data will be gathered to the master node and a single output file created there. Otherwise, a file will be written on each node, containing only the cells simulated on that node.

randomInit(self, rand_distr)

Set initial membrane potentials for all the cells in the population to random values.

record(self, record_from=None, rng=None, to_file=True)

If record_from is not given, record spikes from all cells in the Population. record_from can be an integer - the number of cells to record from, chosen at random (in this case a random number generator can also be supplied) - or a list containing the ids of the cells to record.

record_gsyn(self, record_from=None, rng=None, to_file=True)

If record_from is not given, record synaptic conductances for all cells in the Population. record_from can be an integer - the number of cells to record from, chosen at random (in this case a random number generator can also be supplied) - or a list containing the ids of the cells to record.

record_v(self, record_from=None, rng=None, to_file=True)

If record_from is not given, record the membrane potential for all cells in the Population. record_from can be an integer - the number of cells to record from, chosen at random (in this case a random number generator can also be supplied) - or a list containing the ids of the cells to record.

rset(self, parametername, rand_distr)

‘Random’ set. Set the value of parametername to a value taken from rand_distr, which should be a !RandomDistribution object.

set(self, param, val=None)

Set one or more parameters for every cell in the population.

param can be a dict, in which case val should not be supplied, or a string giving the parameter name, in which case val is the parameter value. val can be a numeric value, or list of such (e.g. for setting spike times).

e.g. p.set(“tau_m”,20.0).

p.set({‘tau_m’:20,’v_rest’:-65})

tset(self, parametername, value_array)

‘Topographic’ set. Set the value of parametername to the values in value_array, which must have the same dimensions as the Population.

### ID¶

Instead of storing ids as integers, we store them as ID objects, which allows a syntax like:

p[3,4].tau_m = 20.0

where p is a Population object.

__init__(self, n)

Create an ID object with numerical value n.

__getattr__(self, name)

Get the value of the cell parameter name, in PyNN standard units.

get_native_parameters(self)

Return a dictionary of parameters for the native cell model.

get_parameters(self)

Return a dict of all cell parameters.

inject(self, current_source)

Inject current from a current source object into the cell.

is_standard_cell(self)

set_native_parameters(self, parameters)

Set parameters of the native cell model from a dictionary.

set_parameters(self, **parameters)

Set cell parameters, given as a sequence of parameter=value arguments.

### Projection¶

A container for all the connections of a given type (same synapse type and plasticity mechanisms) between two populations, together with methods to set parameters of those connections, including of plasticity mechanisms.

__init__(self, presynaptic_population, postsynaptic_population, method, source=None, target=None, synapse_dynamics=None, label=None, rng=None)

presynaptic_population and postsynaptic_population - Population objects.

source - string specifying which attribute of the presynaptic cell
signals action potentials. This is only needed for multicompartmental cells with branching axons or dendrodendritic synapses. All standard cells have a single source, and this is the default.
target - string specifying which synapse on the postsynaptic cell to
connect to. For standard cells, this can be ‘excitatory’ or ‘inhibitory’. For non-standard cells, it could be ‘NMDA’, etc. If target is not given, the default values of ‘excitatory’ is used.
method - a Connector object, encapsulating the algorithm to use for
connecting the neurons.
synapse_dynamics - a SynapseDynamics object specifying which
synaptic plasticity mechanisms to use.

rng - specify an RNG object to be used by the Connector.

__len!__(self)

Return the total number of connections.

describe(self, template=’standard’)

Return a human-readable description of the projection

getDelays(self, format=’list’, gather=True)

Get synaptic delays for all connections in this Projection.

Possible formats are: a list of length equal to the number of connections in the projection, a 2D delay array (with NaN for non-existent connections).

getWeights(self, format=’list’, gather=True)

Get synaptic weights for all connections in this Projection.

Possible formats are: a list of length equal to the number of connections in the projection, a 2D weight array (with NaN for non-existent connections). Note that for the array format, if there is more than one connection between two cells, the summed weight will be given.

printWeights(self, filename, format=’list’, gather=True)

Print synaptic weights to file. In the array format, zeros are printed for non-existent connections.

randomizeDelays(self, rand_distr)

Set delays to random values taken from rand_distr.

randomizeWeights(self, rand_distr)

Set weights to random values taken from rand_distr.

saveConnections(self, filename, gather=False)

Save connections to file in a format suitable for reading in with a !FromFileConnector.

setDelays(self, d)

d can be a single number, in which case all delays are set to this value, or a list/1D array of length equal to the number of connections in the projection.

setWeights(self, w)

w can be a single number, in which case all weights are set to this value, or a list/1D array of length equal to the number of connections in the projection. Weights should be in nA for current-based and µS for conductance-based synapses.

weightHistogram(self, min=None, max=None, nbins=10)

Return a histogram of synaptic weights. If min and max are not given, the minimum and maximum weights are calculated automatically.

### AllToAllConnector¶

Connects all cells in the presynaptic population to all cells in the postsynaptic population.

__init__(self, allow_self_connections=True, weights=0.0, delays=None)

Create a new connector.

allow_self_connections – if the connector is used to connect a
Population to itself, this flag determines whether a neuron is allowed to connect to itself, or only to other neurons in the Population.
weights – may either be a float, a !RandomDistribution object, a list/
1D array with at least as many items as connections to be created. Units nA.
delays – as weights. If None, all synaptic delays will be set
to the global minimum delay.

### OneToOneConnector¶

Where the pre- and postsynaptic populations have the same size, connect cell i in the presynaptic population to cell i in the postsynaptic population for all i.

__init__(self, weights=0.0, delays=None)

Create a new connector.

weights – may either be a float, a !RandomDistribution object, a list/
1D array with at least as many items as connections to be created. Units nA.
delays – as weights. If None, all synaptic delays will be set
to the global minimum delay.

### FixedProbabilityConnector¶

For each pair of pre-post cells, the connection probability is constant.

__init__(self, p_connect, allow_self_connections=True, weights=0.0, delays=None)

Create a new connector.

p_connect – a float between zero and one. Each potential connection
is created with this probability.
allow_self_connections – if the connector is used to connect a
Population to itself, this flag determines whether a neuron is allowed to connect to itself, or only to other neurons in the Population.
weights – may either be a float, a !RandomDistribution object, a list/
1D array with at least as many items as connections to be created. Units nA.
delays – as weights. If None, all synaptic delays will be set
to the global minimum delay.

### DistanceDependentProbabilityConnector¶

For each pair of pre-post cells, the connection probability depends on distance.

__init__(self, d_expression, axes=None, scale_factor=1.0, offset=0.0, periodic_boundaries=None, allow_self_connections=True, weights=0.0, delays=None)

Create a new connector.

d_expression – the right-hand side of a valid python expression for
probability, involving ‘d’, e.g. “exp(-abs(d))”, or “d<3”
axes – if not supplied, then the 3D distance is calculated. If supplied,
axes should be a string containing the axes to be used, e.g. ‘x’, or ‘yz’. axes=’xyz’ is the same as axes=None.
scale_factor – it may be that the pre and post populations use
different units for position, e.g. degrees and µm. In this case, scale_factor can be specified, which is applied to the positions in the post-synaptic population.
offset – if the origins of the coordinate systems of the pre- and post-
synaptic populations are different, offset can be used to adjust for this difference.
periodic_boundaries – either None, or a tuple giving the distance at
which the boundaries wrap round for each dimension.
weights – may either be a float, a !RandomDistribution object, a list/
1D array with at least as many items as connections to be created. Units nA.
delays – as weights. If None, all synaptic delays will be set
to the global minimum delay.

FixedNumberPreConnector

Each post-synaptic neuron is connected to exactly n pre-synaptic neurons chosen at random.

If n is less than the size of the pre-synaptic population, there are no multiple connections, i.e., no instances of the same pair of neurons being multiply connected. If n is greater than the size of the pre-synaptic population, all possible single connections are made before starting to add duplicate connections.

__init__(self, n, allow_self_connections=True, weights=0.0, delays=None)

Create a new connector.

n – either a positive integer, or a !RandomDistribution that produces
positive integers. If n is a !RandomDistribution, then the number of pre-synaptic neurons is drawn from this distribution for each post-synaptic neuron.
allow_self_connections – if the connector is used to connect a
Population to itself, this flag determines whether a neuron is allowed to connect to itself, or only to other neurons in the Population.
weights – may either be a float, a !RandomDistribution object, a list/
1D array with at least as many items as connections to be created. Units nA.
delays – as weights. If None, all synaptic delays will be set
to the global minimum delay.

### FixedNumberPostConnector¶

Each pre-synaptic neuron is connected to exactly n post-synaptic neurons chosen at random.

If n is less than the size of the post-synaptic population, there are no multiple connections, i.e., no instances of the same pair of neurons being multiply connected. If n is greater than the size of the post-synaptic population, all possible single connections are made before starting to add duplicate connections.

__init__(self, n, allow_self_connections=True, weights=0.0, delays=None)

Create a new connector.

n – either a positive integer, or a !RandomDistribution that produces
positive integers. If n is a !RandomDistribution, then the number of post-synaptic neurons is drawn from this distribution for each pre-synaptic neuron.
allow_self_connections – if the connector is used to connect a
Population to itself, this flag determines whether a neuron is allowed to connect to itself, or only to other neurons in the Population.
weights – may either be a float, a !RandomDistribution object, a list/
1D array with at least as many items as connections to be created. Units nA.
delays – as weights. If None, all synaptic delays will be set
to the global minimum delay.

### FromListConnector¶

Make connections according to a list.

__init__(self, conn_list)

Create a new connector.

conn_list – a list of tuples, one tuple for each connection. Each

tuple should contain:

### FromFileConnector¶

Make connections according to a list read from a file.

__init!__(self, filename, distributed=False)

Create a new connector.

filename – name of a text file containing a list of connections, in
the format required by !FromListConnector.
distributed – if this is True, then each node will read connections
from a file called filename.x, where x is the MPI rank. This speeds up loading connections for distributed simulations.

## Standard neuron models¶

### IF_curr_exp¶

Leaky integrate and fire model with fixed threshold and decaying-exponential post-synaptic current. (Separate synaptic currents for excitatory and inhibitory synapses.

__init__(self, parameters)

default_parameters = {

‘tau_refrac’: 0.0
‘tau_m’: 20.0
‘i_offset’: 0.0
‘cm’: 1.0
‘v_init’: -65.0
‘v_thresh’: -50.0
‘tau_syn_E’: 5.0
‘v_rest’: -65.0
‘tau_syn_I’: 5.0
‘v_reset’: -65.0

}

### IF_curr_alpha¶

Leaky integrate and fire model with fixed threshold and alpha-function- shaped post-synaptic current.

__init__(self, parameters)

default_parameters = {

‘tau_refrac’: 0.0
‘tau_m’: 20.0
‘i_offset’: 0.0
‘cm’: 1.0
‘v_init’: -65.0
‘v_thresh’: -50.0
‘tau_syn_E’: 0.5
‘v_rest’: -65.0
‘tau_syn_I’: 0.5
‘v_reset’: -65.0

}

### IF_cond_exp¶

Leaky integrate and fire model with fixed threshold and exponentially-decaying post-synaptic conductance.

__init__(self, parameters)

default_parameters = {

‘tau_refrac’: 0.0
‘tau_m’: 20.0
‘e_rev_E’: 0.0
‘i_offset’: 0.0
‘cm’: 1.0
‘e_rev_I’: -70.0
‘v_init’: -65.0
‘v_thresh’: -50.0
‘tau_syn_E’: 5.0
‘v_rest’: -65.0
‘tau_syn_I’: 5.0
‘v_reset’: -65.0

}

### IF_cond_alpha¶

Leaky integrate and fire model with fixed threshold and alpha-function- shaped post-synaptic conductance.

__init__(self, parameters)

default_parameters = {

‘tau_refrac’: 0.0
‘tau_m’: 20.0
‘e_rev_E’: 0.0
‘i_offset’: 0.0
‘cm’: 1.0
‘e_rev_I’: -70.0
‘v_init’: -65.0
‘v_thresh’: -50.0
‘tau_syn_E’: 0.3
‘v_rest’: -65.0
‘tau_syn_I’: 0.5
‘v_reset’: -65.0

}

### EIF_cond_alpha_isfa_ista¶

Exponential integrate and fire neuron with spike triggered and sub-threshold adaptation currents (isfa, ista reps.) according to:

Brette R and Gerstner W (2005) Adaptive Exponential Integrate-and-Fire Model as an Effective Description of Neuronal Activity. J Neurophysiol 94:3637-3642 See also: IF_cond_exp_gsfa_grr

__init__(self, parameters)

default_parameters = {

‘tau_refrac’: 0.0
‘a’: 4.0
‘tau_m’: 9.3667
‘e_rev_E’: 0.0
‘i_offset’: 0.0
‘cm’: 0.281
‘delta_T’: 2.0
‘v_init’: -70.6
‘v_thresh’: -50.4
‘b’: 0.0805
‘tau_syn_E’: 5.0
‘v_reset’: -70.6
‘v_spike’: 0.0
‘e_rev_I’: -80.0
‘tau_syn_I’: 5.0
‘tau_w’: 144.0
‘w_init’: 0.0
‘v_rest’: -70.6

}

### IF_facets_hardware1¶

Leaky integrate and fire model with conductance-based synapses and fixed threshold as it is resembled by the FACETS Hardware Stage 1. For further details regarding the hardware model see the FACETS-internal Wiki: https://facets.kip.uni-heidelberg.de/private/wiki/index.php/WP7_NNM

__init__(self, parameters)

default_parameters = {

‘g_leak’: 40.0
‘e_rev_I’: -80.0
‘v_thresh’: -55.0
‘tau_syn_E’: 30.0
‘v_rest’: -65.0
‘tau_syn_I’: 30.0
‘v_reset’: -80.0

}

### HH_cond_exp¶

Single-compartment Hodgkin-Huxley model.

__init__(self, parameters)

default_parameters = {

‘gbar_K’: 6000.0
‘e_rev_E’: 0.0
‘gbar_Na’: 20000.0
‘cm’: 0.2
‘e_rev_leak’: -65.0
‘e_rev_I’: -80.0
‘e_rev_K’: -90.0
‘v_init’: -65.0
‘e_rev_Na’: 50.0
‘tau_syn_E’: 0.2
‘tau_syn_I’: 2.0
‘v_offset’: -63.0
‘i_offset’: 0.0
‘g_leak’: 10.0

}

### SpikeSourcePoisson¶

Spike source, generating spikes according to a Poisson process.

__init__(self, parameters)

default_parameters = {

‘duration’: 1000000.0
‘start’: 0.0
‘rate’: 1.0

}

### SpikeSourceArray¶

Spike source generating spikes at the times given in the spike_times array.

__init__(self, parameters)

default_parameters = {

‘spike_times’: []

}

## Specification of synaptic plasticity¶

### SynapseDynamics¶

For specifying synapse short-term (faciliation, depression) and long-term (STDP) plasticity. To be passed as the synapse_dynamics argument to Projection.!__init!__() or connect().

__init__(self, fast=None, slow=None)

Create a new specification for a dynamic synapse, combining a fast component (short-term facilitation/depression) and a slow component (long-term potentiation/depression).

describe(self, template=’standard’)

Return a human-readable description of the synaptic properties.

### STDPMechanism¶

Specification of STDP models.

__init!__(self, timing_dependence=None, weight_dependence=None, voltage_dependence=None, dendritic_delay_fraction=1.0)

Create a new specification for an STDP mechanism, by combining a weight-dependence, a timing-dependence, and, optionally, a voltage- dependence.

For point neurons, the synaptic delay d can be interpreted either as occurring purely in the pre-synaptic axon + synaptic cleft, in which case the synaptic plasticity mechanism ‘sees’ the post-synaptic spike immediately and the pre-synaptic spike after a delay d (dendritic_delay_fraction = 0) or as occurring purely in the post- synaptic dendrite, in which case the pre-synaptic spike is seen immediately, and the post-synaptic spike after a delay d (dendritic_delay_fraction = 1), or as having both pre- and post- synaptic components (dendritic_delay_fraction between 0 and 1).

In a future version of the API, we will allow the different components of the synaptic delay to be specified separately in milliseconds.

describe(self)

Return a human-readable description of the STDP mechanism.

### TsodyksMarkramMechanism¶

Synapse exhibiting facilitation and depression, implemented using the model of Tsodyks and Markram.

__init__(self, U=0.5, tau_rec=100.0, tau_facil=0.0, u0=0.0, x0=1.0, y0=0.0)

Create a new specification for a short-term plasticity mechanism.

U – use parameter

tau_rec – depression time constant (ms)

tau_facil – facilitation time constant (ms)

u0, x0, y0 – initial conditions.

The amplitude of the weight change is fixed for depression (A_minus) and for potentiation (A_plus). If the new weight would be less than w_min it is set to w_min. If it would be greater than w_max it is set to w_max.

__init__(self, w_min=0.0, w_max=1.0, A_plus=0.01, A_minus=0.01)

Create a new specification for the weight-dependence of an STDP rule.

w_min – minimum synaptic weight, in the same units as the weight, i.e.
µS or nA.

w_max – maximum synaptic weight.

A_plus – synaptic weight increase as a fraction of w_max when the
pre-synaptic spike precedes the post-synaptic spike by an infinitessimal amount.
A_minus – synaptic weight decrease as a fraction of w_max when the
pre-synaptic spike lags the post-synaptic spike by an infinitessimal amount.

### MultiplicativeWeightDependence¶

The amplitude of the weight change depends on the current weight. For depression, Δw ∝ w - w_min. For potentiation, Δw ∝ w_max - w

__init__(self, w_min=0.0, w_max=1.0, A_plus=0.01, A_minus=0.01)

Create a new specification for the weight-dependence of an STDP rule.

w_min – minimum synaptic weight, in the same units as the weight, i.e.
µS or nA.

w_max – maximum synaptic weight.

A_plus – synaptic weight increase as a fraction of w_max-w when the
pre-synaptic spike precedes the post-synaptic spike by an infinitessimal amount.
A_minus – synaptic weight decrease as a fraction of w-w_min when the
pre-synaptic spike lags the post-synaptic spike by an infinitessimal amount.

The amplitude of the weight change depends on the current weight for depression (Δw ∝ w) and is fixed for potentiation.

__init__(self, w_min=0.0, w_max=1.0, A_plus=0.01, A_minus=0.01)

Create a new specification for the weight-dependence of an STDP rule.

w_min – minimum synaptic weight, in the same units as the weight, i.e.
µS or nA.

w_max – maximum synaptic weight.

A_plus – synaptic weight increase as a fraction of w_max when the
pre-synaptic spike precedes the post-synaptic spike by an infinitessimal amount.
A_minus – synaptic weight decrease as a fraction of w-w_min when the
pre-synaptic spike lags the post-synaptic spike by an infinitessimal amount.

### GutigWeightDependence¶

The amplitude of the weight change depends on (w_max-w)^mu_plus for potentiation and (w-w_min)^mu_minus for depression.

__init__(self, w_min=0.0, w_max=1.0, A_plus=0.01, A_minus=0.01, mu_plus=0.5, mu_minus=0.5)

Create a new specification for the weight-dependence of an STDP rule.

w_min – minimum synaptic weight, in the same units as the weight, i.e.
µS or nA.

w_max – maximum synaptic weight.

A_plus – synaptic weight increase as a fraction of (w_max-w)^mu_plus
when the pre-synaptic spike precedes the post-synaptic spike by an infinitessimal amount.
A_minus – synaptic weight decrease as a fraction of (w-w_min)^mu_minus
when the pre-synaptic spike lags the post-synaptic spike by an infinitessimal amount.

mu_plus – see above

mu_minus – see above

### SpikePairRule¶

The amplitude of the weight change depends only on the relative timing of spike pairs, not triplets, etc.

__init__(self, tau_plus=20.0, tau_minus=20.0)

Create a new specification for the timing-dependence of an STDP rule.

tau_plus – time constant of the positive part of the STDP curve, in
milliseconds.
tau_minus – time constant of the negative part of the STDP curve, in
milliseconds.

## Current injection¶

### DCSource¶

Source producing a single pulse of current of constant amplitude.

__init__(self, amplitude=1.0, start=0.0, stop=None)

Construct the current source.

Arguments:

start – onset time of pulse in ms

stop – end of pulse in ms

amplitude – pulse amplitude in nA

inject_into(self, cell_list)

Inject this current source into some cells.

### StepCurrentSource¶

A step-wise time-varying current source.

__init__(self, times, amplitudes)

Construct the current source.

Arguments:

times – list/array of times at which the injected current changes.

amplitudes – list/array of current amplitudes to be injected at the
times specified in times.

The injected current will be zero up until the first time in times. The current will continue at the final value in amplitudes until the end of the simulation.

inject_into(self, cell_list)

Inject this current source into some cells.

## Exceptions¶

### InvalidParameterValueError¶

Inappropriate parameter value

### NonExistentParameterError¶

Model parameter does not exist.

### InvalidDimensionsError¶

Argument has inappropriate shape/dimensions.

### ConnectionError¶

Attempt to create an invalid connection or access a non-existent connection.

### InvalidModelError¶

Attempt to use a non-existent model type.

### RoundingWarning¶

The argument has been rounded to a lower level of precision by the simulator.

### NothingToWriteError¶

There is no data available to write.

### InvalidWeightError¶

Invalid value for the synaptic weight.

### NotLocalError¶

Attempt to access a cell or connection that does not exist on this node (but exists elsewhere).

### RecordingError¶

Attempt to record a variable that does not exist for this cell type.

## The random module¶

### NumpyRNG¶

Wrapper for the numpy.random.!RandomState class (Mersenne Twister PRNG).

__getattr__(self, name)

This is to give NumpyRNG the same methods as numpy.random.!RandomState.

__init__(self, seed=None, rank=0, num_processes=1, parallel_safe=True)

describe(self)

Return n random numbers from the distribution.

If n >= 0, return a numpy array, if n < 0, raise an Exception.

### GSLRNG¶

Wrapper for the GSL random number generators.

__getattr!__(self, name)

This is to give GSLRNG the same methods as the GSL RNGs.

__init!__(self, seed=None, type=’mt19937’, rank=0, num_processes=1, parallel_safe=True)

Return n random numbers from the distribution.

If n is 1, return a float, if n > 1, return a numpy array,

if n < 0, raise an Exception.

### NativeRNG¶

Signals that the simulator’s own native RNG should be used. Each simulator module should implement a class of the same name which inherits from this and which sets the seed appropriately.

__init__(self, seed=None)

next(self, n=1, distribution=’uniform’, parameters=[])

Return n random numbers from the distribution.

If n is 1, return a float, if n > 1, return a Numpy array,

if n <= 0, raise an Exception.

### RandomDistribution¶

Class which defines a next(n) method which returns an array of n random numbers from a given distribution.

__init__(self, distribution=’uniform’, parameters=[], rng=None, boundaries=None, constrain=’clip’)

If present, rng should be a NumpyRNG or GSLRNG object. distribution should be the name of a method supported by the underlying

random number generator object.
parameters should be a list or tuple containing the arguments expected
by the underlying method in the correct order. named arguments are not yet supported.
boundaries is a tuple (min, max) used to specify explicitly, for distribution
like Gaussian, Gamma or others, hard boundaries for the parameters. If parameters are drawn outside those boundaries, the policy applied will depend on the constrain parameter.
constrain control the policy for weights out of the specified boundaries.
If “clip”, random numbers are clipped to the boundaries. If “redraw”, random numbers are drawn till they fall within the boundaries.
Note that NumpyRNG and GSLRNG distributions may not have the same names,
e.g., ‘normal’ for NumpyRNG and ‘gaussian’ for GSLRNG, and the arguments may also differ.

Return n random numbers from the distribution.

## The utility module¶

### colour(col, text)¶

notify(msg=’Simulation finished.’, subject=’Simulation finished.’, smtphost=None, address=None)

Send an e-mail stating that the simulation has finished.

get_script_args(n_args, usage=’‘)

Get command line arguments.

This works by finding the name of the main script and assuming any arguments after this in sys.argv are arguments to the script. It would be nicer to use optparse, but this doesn’t seem to work too well with nrniv or mpirun.

### MultiSim¶

A small framework to make it easier to run the same model on multiple simulators.

Currently runs the simulations interleaved, but it would be nice to add parallel runs via threading, multiple processes, or MPI processes.

__getattr__(self, name)

Assumes name is a method of the net model. Return a function that runs net.name() for all the simulators.

__init__(self, sim_list, net, parameters)

Build the model defined in the class net, with parameters parameters, for each of the simulator modules specified in sim_list.

The net constructor takes arguments sim and parameters.

__iter__(self)

end(self)

run(self, simtime, steps=1, *callbacks)

Run the model for a time simtime in all simulators.

The run may be broken into a number of steps (each of equal duration). Any functions in callbacks will be called after each step.

### Timer¶

For timing script execution.

time_in_words(s)

Formats a time in seconds as a string containing the time in days,

hours, minutes, seconds. Examples:

>>> time_in_words(1)
1 second
>>> time_in_words(123)
2 minutes, 3 seconds
>>> time_in_words(24*3600)
1 day
`

__init__(self)

elapsedTime(self, format=None)

Return the elapsed time in seconds but keep the clock running.

reset(self)

Reset the time to zero, and start the clock.

start(self)

Start timing.