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Neuronc ("nc") is a computer language for simulating biophysically- based neural circuits, with a focus on circuitry for vision. It allows the user to construct a model of a large neural circuit (up to 100,000 compartments) and set up an experimental protocol including 2D visual stimulus (spots, bars, gratings, wavelength, intensity, time) and recording (voltage clamp, current clamp, channel state, etc.). Standard voltage-gated membrane channels and synapses (chemical, electrical) are included. Output for standard graphics devices (X11, PS, VGA) is provided. The simulator is primarily a compiled/interpreted language so does not provide a GUI facility for designing the neural circuit model. Rather, the user defines procedures that creates "realistic" neurons and arrays of them and procedures for connecting different neuron types.

Current Version:   5.1

License Type:   Free for non-commercial use

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Source Code Availability:   Yes,

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Targeted Platforms:

Unix (developed under Linux), DOS.

Software/Hardware Requirements:

gcc-compatible compiler

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