The paper “Efficient Simulation of Large-Scale Spiking Neural Networks Using CUDA Graphics Processors” authored by Jayram Moornikara, Nikil Dutt, Jeffrey Krichmar, Alex Nicolau, and Alex Veidenbaum was recognized with a Best Paper Award at the 2009 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2009).

IJCNN is the premier international conference in the area of neural networks theory, analysis and applications. The paper describes new techniques for parallelization of spiking neural network models of the brain and their efficient realization on emerging graphics processor platforms. This will enable close-to-real-time simulation of realistic networks of nerve cells and could have many practical applications. The work is a result of interdisciplinary collaboration between CECS researchers in computer science (PhD student Moornikara and Professors Dutt, Nicolau and Veidenbaum) and cognitive science (Professor Krichmar).