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103. Neuroscience Gateway – Understanding the Scaling Behavior of NEURON Application

Authors: Subhashini Sivagnanam (San Diego Supercomputer Center)Amit Majumdar (San Diego Supercomputer Center)

Abstract: In this poster, we describe the Neuroscience Gateway (NSG) that has enabled HPC access for the computational neuroscience community since 2013. We will also discuss the scaling performance on various HPC architectures for NEURON application. A central challenge in neuroscience is to understand how brain function emerges from interactions of a large number of biological processes at multiple physical and temporal scales. Computational modeling is an essential tool for developing this understanding. Driven by a rapidly expanding body of empirical observations, models and simulation protocols are becoming increasingly complex. This has stimulated development of powerful, open source computational neuroscience simulators, which run efficiently on HPC systems. NEURON is one such simulator that is widely used by computational neuroscientists. The scaling performance of NEURON on KNL, FX10 will be discussed in this poster.

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