Physical Mapping of Spiking Neural Networks Models on a Bio-inspired Scalable Architecture

  • J. Manuel Moreno
  • Javier Iglesias
  • Jan L. Eriksson
  • Alessandro E. P. Villa
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4131)


The paper deals with the physical implementation of biologically plausible spiking neural network models onto a hardware architecture with bio-inspired capabilities. After presenting the model, the work will illustrate the major steps taken in order to provide a compact and efficient digital hardware implementation of the model. Special emphasis will be given to the scalability features of the architecture, that will permit the implementation of large-scale networks. The paper will conclude with details about the physical mapping of the model, as well as with experimental results obtained when applying dynamic input stimuli to the implemented network.


Neural Network Model Neuron Model Hardware Realization Spike Neural Network Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Manuel Moreno
    • 1
  • Javier Iglesias
    • 2
  • Jan L. Eriksson
    • 2
  • Alessandro E. P. Villa
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of Electronic EngineeringTechnical University of CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Laboratory of Neuroheuristics, Information Systems Department INFORGEUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.INSERM U318University Joseph-Fourier Grenoble 1GrenobleFrance

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