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Four Simulators of the DANNA Neuromorphic Computing Architecture

Adam W. Disney, James S. Plank and Mark Dean

July, 2018

ICONS: International Conference on Neuromorphic Systems

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DANNA is a computing architecture, designed in 2014 to meld features of recurrent, spiking, plastic neurmorphic computing systems with very eicient hardware implementations. Its hardware design and FPGA implementation preceded any software support or simulation. Therefore, the development of simulators for DANNA had multiple, and sometimes conlicting goals. In this paper, we describe four separate simulators for DANNA, including their motivations and details of their implementations. We present a performance evaluation, and conclude with lessons learned. We intend this work to be useful to researchers involved in the co-design of novel hardware and software systems.

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author          A. W. Disney and J. S. Plank and M. Dean
title           Four Simulators of the {DANNA} Neuromorphic Computing Architecture
booktitle       International Conference on Neuromorphic Computing Systems
publisher       ACM
address         Knoxville, TN
month           July
year            2018
doi             10.1145/3229884.3229893


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