Eighth SpiNNaker Workshop

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School of Computer Science, Manchester, UK, 11th-14th September, 2018

The workshop will focus on simulation of spiking neural networks using PyNN 0.8 on the SpiNNaker platform. Topics include:

  • Introduction to SpiNNaker hardware & software
  • Specifying networks in PyNN 0.8
  • Using the HBP portal
  • Simple data I/O and visualisation
  • Connecting external devices to SpiNNaker
  • Adding new neuron & synapse models
  • Adding new learning rules

The workshop consists of sessions of presentations by the software team as well as hands-on labs with SpiNNaker hardware. There will also be time to discuss your own project plans and issues with the design team during the week.

Attendees should have some prior experience with Python. For the topics on new neuron models and learning rules, some background in C is highly recommended.


  1. Introduction to SpiNNaker Hardware and Software
  2. Running PyNN 0.8 Simulations on SpiNNaker
  3. Using the HBP Portal
  4. Simple Data Input Output and Visualisation
  5. External Devices
  6. Hardware Interfaces
  7. Fixed Point Maths and Libraries
  8. Adding New Neuron Models
  9. Adding New Models of Synaptic Plasticity

Lab Manuals

  1. Intro Lab
  2. Running PyNN 0.8 Simulations on SpiNNaker
  3. Simple Data Input Output and Visualisation
  4. External Devices
  5. Adding New Neuron Models
  6. Adding New Models of Synapstic Plasticity