# Tutorial 2c: The CUBA networkΒΆ

In this part of the tutorial, we set up our first serious network that actually does something. It implements the CUBA network, Benchmark 2 from:

Simulation of networks of spiking neurons: A review of tools and strategies (2006). Brette, Rudolph, Carnevale, Hines, Beeman, Bower, Diesmann, Goodman, Harris, Zirpe, Natschlager, Pecevski, Ermentrout, Djurfeldt, Lansner, Rochel, Vibert, Alvarez, Muller, Davison, El Boustani and Destexhe. Journal of Computational Neuroscience

This is a network of 4000 neurons, of which 3200 excitatory, and 800 inhibitory, with exponential synaptic currents. The neurons are randomly connected with probability 0.02.

from brian import * taum = 20 * ms # membrane time constant taue = 5 * ms # excitatory synaptic time constant taui = 10 * ms # inhibitory synaptic time constant Vt = -50 * mV # spike threshold Vr = -60 * mV # reset value El = -49 * mV # resting potential we = (60 * 0.27 / 10) * mV # excitatory synaptic weight wi = (20 * 4.5 / 10) * mV # inhibitory synaptic weight eqs = Equations(''' dV/dt = (ge-gi-(V-El))/taum : volt dge/dt = -ge/taue : volt dgi/dt = -gi/taui : volt ''')

So far, this has been pretty similar to the previous part, the only
difference is we have a couple more parameters, and we’ve added a
resting potential `El`

into the equation for `V`

.

Now we make lots of neurons:

G = NeuronGroup(4000, model=eqs, threshold=Vt, reset=Vr)

Next, we divide them into subgroups. The `subgroup()`

method of a
`NeuronGroup`

returns a new `NeuronGroup`

that can be used in
exactly the same way as its parent group. At the moment, the
subgrouping mechanism can only be used to create contiguous
groups of neurons (so you can’t have a subgroup consisting
of neurons 0-100 and also 200-300 say). We designate the
first 3200 neurons as `Ge`

and the second 800 as `Gi`

, these
will be the excitatory and inhibitory neurons.

Ge = G.subgroup(3200) # Excitatory neurons Gi = G.subgroup(800) # Inhibitory neurons

Now we define the connections. As in the previous part of the
tutorial, `ge`

is the excitatory current and `gi`

is the inhibitory
one. `Ce`

says that an excitatory neuron can synapse onto any
neuron in `G`

, be it excitatory or inhibitory. Similarly for
inhibitory neurons. We also randomly connect `Ge`

and `Gi`

to the whole of `G`

with
probability 0.02 and the weights given in the list of
parameters at the top.

Ce = Connection(Ge, G, 'ge', sparseness=0.02, weight=we) Ci = Connection(Gi, G, 'gi', sparseness=0.02, weight=wi)

Set up some monitors as usual. The line `record=0`

in the `StateMonitor`

declarations indicates that we only want to record the activity of
neuron 0. This saves time and memory.

M = SpikeMonitor(G) MV = StateMonitor(G, 'V', record=0) Mge = StateMonitor(G, 'ge', record=0) Mgi = StateMonitor(G, 'gi', record=0)

And in order to start the network off in a somewhat more realistic state, we initialise the membrane potentials uniformly randomly between the reset and the threshold.

G.V = Vr + (Vt - Vr) * rand(len(G))

Now we run.

run(500 * ms)

And finally we plot the results. Just for fun, we do a rather more
complicated plot than we’ve been doing so far, with three subplots.
The upper one is the raster plot of the whole network, and the
lower two are the values of `V`

(on the left) and `ge`

and `gi`

(on the
right) for the neuron we recorded from. See the PyLab documentation
for an explanation of the plotting functions, but note that the
`raster_plot()`

keyword `newfigure=False`

instructs the (Brian) function
`raster_plot()`

not to create a new figure (so that it can be placed
as a subplot of a larger figure).

subplot(211) raster_plot(M, title='The CUBA network', newfigure=False) subplot(223) plot(MV.times / ms, MV[0] / mV) xlabel('Time (ms)') ylabel('V (mV)') subplot(224) plot(Mge.times / ms, Mge[0] / mV) plot(Mgi.times / ms, Mgi[0] / mV) xlabel('Time (ms)') ylabel('ge and gi (mV)') legend(('ge', 'gi'), 'upper right') show()