NEST Desktop

NEST Desktop

Hello there! :-)

NEST Desktop is a web-based GUI application for NEST Simulator, an advanced simulation tool for the computational neuroscience.

The app enables the rapid construction, parametrization, and instrumentation of neuronal network models.

It’s so great that you want to use NEST Desktop!

The documentation is organized in four sections. Select the appropriate section that fits your needs.

The User

... learns how to build networks, parameterize nodes and links, and perform simulations on the graphical interface.

The Lecturer

... learns how to teach computational neuroscience using NEST Desktop.

The Deployer

... learns how to set up NEST Desktop on a machine via the Python Package, Docker or Singularity installation.

The Developer

... learns the source code architecture of NEST Desktop and how to contribute code or enhancements to the project.

Version info

On Read the Docs, it is possible to select versions of this documentation. This can be done in the left side bar at the very bottom. These versions basically relate to the program versions (as found in the GitHub repository). This can be noticed when clicking on a the “Edit on Github” text at the top in the middle.

Since the changes between patch level versions (e.g. 3.0.0 and 3.0.1) are usually not noticeable, we show a single branch for the recent minor version releases (e.g. ‘3.0’ for all 3.0.x releases). This branch contains all patch releases and always points to the latest patch release of that release branch. Please keep this in mind when searching for information on a specific version of NEST Desktop!


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