The development of Monsteer was co-funded by the HBP during the Ramp-up Phase. This page is kept for reference but will no longer be updated.

Monsteer is a library for Interactive Supercomputing in the neuroscience domain. Monsteer facilitates the coupling of running simulations (currently NEST) with interactive visualization and analysis applications. Monsteer supports streaming of simulation data to clients (currenty only spikes) as well as control of the simulator from the clients (also kown as computational steering). Monsteer’s main components are a C++ library, an MUSIC-based application and Python helpers.

Date of releaseJuly 2015
Version of software0.2.0
Version of documentation0.2.0
Software available
ResponsibleStefan Eilemann, EPFL (
Requirements & dependenciesMinimum configuration to configure using cmake, compile and run Monsteer: A Linux box,
GCC compiler 4.8+,
CMake 2.8+,
Boost 1.54,
MPI (OpenMPI, mvapich2, etc),
NEST simulator 2.4.2,
MUSIC 1.0.7,
Python 2.6,
See also:
Target system(s)Linux computer