Published June 10, 2021 | Version 3.0
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NEST 3.0

  • 1. Department of Mathematics and Science, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany
  • 2. Simulation Lab Neuroscience, Institute for Advanced Simulation, JARA, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • 3. Jülich Supercomputing Center, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • 4. Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • 5. Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-6), Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS-6), JARA BRAIN Institute I, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • 6. Bernstein Center Freiburg, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
  • 7. Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway
  • 8. Department of Physiology, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  • 9. Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • 10. UH Biocomputation Group, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom
  • 11. Department of Physics, University of Oslo, Norway
  • 12. Virtual Reality and Immersive Visualization Lab, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • 13. University of Sao Paulo: Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brasil
  • 14. Institute for Neural Computation, University of Pavia, Italy
  • 15. Computational Intelligence Lab, Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • 16. Neuroscience Training Program, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA
  • 17. Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics, Universität Heidelberg, Germany
  • 18. Informatics 6 - Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-time Systems, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • 19. Institut de Neurosciences des Systèmes, INSERM UMR1106, Marseille, France
  • 20. Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy


NEST is a simulator for spiking neural network models that focuses on the dynamics, size and structure of neural systems rather than on the exact morphology of individual neurons. For further information, visit

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