A reconfigurable architecture for real-time digital simulation of neurons

Peter Wilson, Benjamin Metcalfe, Jonathan Graham-Harper-Cater, Julian A. Bailey

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A major problem in computational neuroscience is the large scale biologically realistic neuron simulations which require massive amount of computing resources, which in turn requires large amount of power. This poses a significant problem when we look towards a potential future where machines have 'silicon brains'. In this paper we build on previous VHDL neuron work by building a programmable neuron device housing 116 neurons and 200 synapses to perform realistic, real-time simulations of neuron networks in hardware. This flexible architecture is loaded with the C. Elegans locomotion system that demonstrates that the behavior of the programmable architecture is the same as the behavior of the design from previous work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 Intelligent Systems Conference, IntelliSys 2017
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781509064359
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2018
Event2017 Intelligent Systems Conference, IntelliSys 2017 - London, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sept 20178 Sept 2017


Conference2017 Intelligent Systems Conference, IntelliSys 2017
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom


  • hardware
  • network
  • Neuron
  • programmable
  • simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Control and Optimization


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