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Run parallel simulations via the Neuroscience Gateway

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:44 am
by ted
Computational neuroscientists are invited to use the Neuroscience Gateway portal (NSG) to run parallel simulations on high performance computing (HPC) resources. We are developing the NSG, with support from NSF, as a means to reduce the administrative and technical barriers that keep many users from employing HPC.

NSG users do not have to divert time and effort from their own research, because there is

* NO formal request for allocation of CPU time--in fact, no paperwork at all, and no charges since the NSG employs HPC resources that are already supported by NSF and other agencies

* NO need to install or configure software

* NO need to wrestle with HPC system software or job scheduling

Instead the NSG provides a simple web-based interface that makes it quick and easy to create an account, upload model code, run simulations, and get back results. To get started, go to, click on the "Go to the NSG Portal" button, and follow the instructions in the sentence
New users who are interested in getting an account should fill out the form and email it to
on that page.

Currently the NSG has the latest version of NEURON installed, and we plan to make other simulators such as GENESIS, MOOSE, and NEST available in the next few months.

Investigators who have already obtained allocations on HPC resources, and would like to use the NSG as a convenient interface for using those allocations, are also invited to contact us to facilitate this.

For any questions related to the NSG portal, please contact us at