The INCF has engaged in the development of software that allows large scale neuron simulators to communicate during runtime. An RFC – Request For Comments – document is now available and open for comments on the proposed design and prototype specifications. MUSIC (Multi-Simulation Coordinator) is a project under the INCF Program on Large-Scale Modeling of the Nervous System.

The aim of the INCF MUSIC project is to provide a standardized software interface (an API) on top of the message passing interface (MPI) for communication between parallel applications for large-scale simulation of neural networks. It enables the transfer of massive amounts of event information and continuous values from one parallel application to another, including applications that use different data allocation strategies. In the design of the standard interface, care has also been taken to facilitate easy adaptation of existing simulators and enable straight-forward independent third-party development and community sharing of reusable and interoperable software tools for parallel processing.
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