GENESIS (GEneral NEural SImulation System)

Producer: A.D.A.M., Inc.

GENESIS (short for GEneral NEural SImulation System) is a general purpose simulation platform which was developed to support the simulation of neural systems, ranging from complex models of single neurons to simulations of large networks made up of more abstract neuronal components. GENESIS has provided the basis for laboratory courses in neural simulation at both California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachussetts, USA, as well as many other institutions. Most current GENESIS applications involve realistic simulations of biological neural systems, and are the result of an intensive collaboration between multiple centres, including the Theoretical Neurobiology unit at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Although the software can also model more abstract networks, other simulators are more suitable for back propagation and similar connectionist modeling.


Year of production: 2001 (version 2.2)
Medium: available via FTP from: (US site) (European mirror site)
System requirements: GENESIS and its graphical front-end XODUS are written in C and are known to run under the following UNIX-based systems with the X Window System (X11R5, and X11R6): Intel x86-based Linux systems (Red Hat Linux 5, 6, and 7; Mandrake Linux 7.0; Debian Linux with kernel 2.x, glibc2.1 and egcs-2.91.66); Intel x86-based FreeBSD 4.1; PPC-based Linux systems running LinuxPPC and SUSE 7.0; Sun SPARC-based systems running Solaris 2.6, and 2.7; SGI MIPS-based systems running IRIX 5.x and 6.5.x; IBM SP2 systems running
AIX 4.2 and 4.3. It is likely that GENESIS will also work on systems running other revisions of the operating systems listed; however, the developers only have direct experience with the particular systems listed
Price: Freeware
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