Tue 18 February 2014

NEURON simulator on Fedora

Posted by ankur in Tech (209 words, approximately a 1 minute read)

I've been meaning to package up NEURON for Fedora for a while now. From the NEURON website:

*What is NEURON?*


  • is a flexible and powerful simulator of neurons and networks
  • has important advantages over general-purpose simulators
  • helps users focus on important biological issues rather than purely computational concerns
  • has a convenient user interface
  • has a user-extendable library of biophysical mechanisms
  • has many enhancements for efficient network modeling
  • offers customizable initialization and simulation flow control
  • is widely used in neuroscience research by experimentalists and theoreticians
  • is well-documented and actively supported
  • is free, open source, and runs on (almost) everything

It's quite an old piece of software. It took me a while to hack rpms out of the source code. The rpms probably won't make it through a Fedora review in their current state, so I've put up a copr repository instead:

The builds work, as the screenshot below will show. I'm still new at NEURON myself, so it'll be a few weeks before I'll have all the functionality tested out. There are tutorials strewn over the interwebs, please just search for them yourselves.

[caption id="attachment_1532" align="aligncenter" width="625"]NEURON in action NEURON in action[/caption]

If you're a computational neuroscientist using Fedora, this is a little bit of good news for you! Cheers!