Video: Using the NEST Brain Simulator

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In this video, researchers describe how they are using Neural Simulation Technology (NEST) to simulate biologically realistic neuronal networks.

How do nerve cells communicate? How do they store memories? Computer simulations help scientists to better understand the complex processes that take place in the brain. The simulation software NEST allows them to investigate how thousands of nerve cells interact — and, thus, to get closer to deciphering the secrets of the brain.

Starting in 2013, a special neuroscience laboratory at Germany’s Jülich Supercomputing Centre will support neurscientists to better exploit the power of supercomputers, something that will become even more important for future research.