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Eighth SpiNNaker Workshop - Agenda

Tuesday, 11 September 2018
09:00
Eighth SpiNNaker Workshop
The eighth SpiNNaker training workshop will be held at the Kilburn Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL (map link)

The workshop will focus on simulation of spiking neural networks using PyNN 0.9 on the SpiNNaker platform. Topics include:
  • Introduction to SpiNNaker hardware & software
  • Specifying networks in PyNN 0.9
  • 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 experience with Python. For the new neuron models and learning rules topics, some background in C is recommended.

Registration fee: There will be a registration fee to cover the catering. The amount is £160. There is also an option to come to the workshop meal. The cost of this is an additional £40.

Accommodation: Accommodation is NOT included. Please book your own accommodation.

Registration:
  1. For the registration a (free) HBP community account is needed. To get an account, either ask any colleague who already has an HBP account to invite you or send an email to: account@neuromorphic.eu
  2. Then register here
  3. Then pay online in the University of Manchester Store system


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09:00-09:15
(15 min)
 Intro and logistics
09:15-10:00
(45 min)
 Hardware & tools overview
10:00-10:30
(30 min)
 Coffee break
10:30-12:00
(90 min)
 Intro lab
12:00-13:00
(60 min)
 Lunch
13:00-14:00
(60 min)
 Running PyNN on SpiNNaker
14:00-14:30
(30 min)
 Using big machines: HBP portal
14:30-15:00
(30 min)
 Coffee break
15:00-17:00
(120 min)
 PyNN lab

Wednesday, 12 September 2018
09:00
SpiNNaker workshop, day II
09:00-10:00
(60 min)
 Simple data I/O
10:00-10:30
(30 min)
 Coffee break
10:30-12:00
(90 min)
 Lab I/O
12:00-13:00
(60 min)
 Lunch
13:00-14:00
(60 min)
 External devices
14:00-14:30
(30 min)
 Low level interfacing
14:30-15:00
(30 min)
 Coffee break
15:00-17:00
(120 min)
 Lab External Devices

Thursday, 13 September 2018
09:00
SpiNNaker Workshop, day III
09:00-10:00
(60 min)
 Maths & fixed point libs
10:00-10:30
(30 min)
 Coffee break
10:30-11:30
(60 min)
 Adding new neuron models
11:30-12:30
(60 min)
 Lab New neuron models
12:30-13:30
(60 min)
 Lunch
13:30-14:30
(60 min)
 Adding synaptic plasticity
14:30-15:00
(30 min)
 Coffee break
15:00-17:00
(120 min)
 Lab New Plasticity

Friday, 14 September 2018
09:00
SpiNNaker Workshop, day IV - Optional topics
09:00-10:30
(90 min)
 Lab
The last day is either for participants to use to finish off work, or else for us to add additional topics that might come up during the workshop. These could include:
  • Nengo Demonstration
  • Non-neural Demonstration
  • Pushbot Demonstration
  • Debugging SpiNNaker applications
  • SpiNNaker Machine Room tour
  • "Show and Tell" lightening talks from participants
10:30-11:00
(30 min)
 Coffee break
11:00-12:30
(90 min)
 Lab continued
12:30-13:30
(60 min)
 Lunch
13:30
End of the SpiNNaker workshop
Contact: bjoern.kindler@kip.uni-heidelberg.de


 
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04 Jan 2018