This readme describes how to run the cluster code for simple circuits.
A program called batch_runs.py will be the master program to run to
prepare many simulations to run at once. batch_runs.py executes a file
called create_arrays.py that sets breath and light stimulus lists that
are then used to generate parameter settings for each
simulation. run_X folders are created and the contents of a template
model folder called simple_circuits are copied to each of these
folders along with the unique parameters.hoc files created by
batch_runs.py. Then the simulations are run with qsub.
1) unzip this archive on a cluster with PBS (portable batch system) and NEURON installed
2) edit the create_arrays.py program to
the desired pairs of breathing
(respiration) (B) and light evoked (stimulated (S) peak rates (ends up
in variables called breath_peak_rate, light1_peak_rate in the NEURON
code). These must be created in a "both" list, for example to combine 50, and 400 in
all possible ways both should look like:
the first number in each tuple corresponds to B and the second to S.
The both list is the only variable reused from the create_arrays.py
program. Note that the peak rates refer to the number of OSN axon firing
events that produce EPSPs in the dendrites of the cells connected to OSNs (olfactory
3) edit batch_run.py for the following:
3a) change the assignment of absolute path to match the folder that
you will create the run_X's in. For example if you are running in
/home/tmm46/project/VerhagenLab/20150714/batch_runs then assign
absolute_path = "/home/tmm46/project/VerhagenLab/20150714/batch_runs/"
where you include the last slash.
3b) edit, if desired, where it writes the
num_of_columns.hoc file for each run_X folder. This gives the
possibility of simulations with different numbers of columns.
3c) edit the batch_runs.py to set the p (parameters.hoc file texts)
array. p is the string that represents the parameters.hoc file in
folder run_0, p for run_1/parameters.hoc, etc.. Note that there
could be multiple settings of p for different types of network runs.
3d) make sure that the p's include a net_type hoc comment like
// net_type pg_net
for example if the parameters correspond to a pg_net. This is needed
because it was troublesome to automatically detect which type of
network was present and gives the possibility of new types of
networks. This name is reported in subsequent analysis programs. It
is important to exactly have the begining part be "// net_type ".
5) run batch_runs.py with a command like
(should work if you have python in /usr/bin/python and batch_runs.py
has been set to executable with a command like
chmod 775 batch_runs.py
if it is not already executable. This creates the run_X's, which
except for needing their mod files compiled are fully functional (can
run with the command nrngui build_net_Shep.hoc.
6) run the simulations with a command like
where the pbs file was generated with a command like:
/usr/local/cluster/software/installation/SimpleQueue/sqPBS.py gen 8 tmm46 nrn_task tasklist > run.pbs
tmm46 can be replaced for example by sms296
Double check that you have the right number of processors and nodes for your job.
7) Collect the output results with a command like
zip -r results.zip run_?/tdt2mat_data run_*/parameters.hoc
so that results retain which parameters were included. If the model
was run with varying columns make sure that you also zip up num_of_columns.hoc
zip -r results.zip run_?/tdt2mat_data run_*/parameters.hoc run_*/num_of_columns.hoc