"Framework for Interactive Million-Neuron Simulation"
M. Hereld, R. L. Stevens, W. van Drongelen, H. C. Lee
Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology, vol. 24, no. 2, , pp. 189-196. Also Preprint ANL/MCS-P1360-0706
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Large simulations have become increasingly complex in many fields, tending to incorporate scale-dependent modeling and algorithms and wide-ranging physical influences. This scale of simulation sophistication has not yet been matched in neuroscience. In this paper we describe a framework aimed at enabling natural interaction with complex simulations: their configuration, initial conditions, monitoring, and analysis. The architecture is built on three cornerstone components: active probes, adaptive data capture, and visual interface. The resulting synthesis will enable interactive exploration of live simulations running on supercomputing platforms.