High-performance software implementation of event-based deep learning models Theory of Neural Systems



Event-based neural network models such as biologically inspired spiking neural networks [1] have the ability to scale well [2] while being extremely energy efficient on neuromorphic hardware [5]. While many efficient implementations exist [3,4], few support learning algorithms common in the deep learning community such as backpropagation.


Create a high-performance implementation of event-based models in an appropriate language such as Rust/Elixir or using CUDA. These implementations will also support standard learning algorithms from deep learning.

Required Skills

  • Good Knowledge of Rust/Elixir/C++ and/or CUDA
  • Knowledge of concurrent programming concepts
  • Basic Knowledge in deep learning


[1] Pfeiffer, Michael, and Thomas Pfeil. "Deep learning with spiking neurons: opportunities and challenges." Frontiers in neuroscience (2018): 774. (link)
[2] Jordan, J., Ippen, T., Helias, M., Kitayama, I., Sato, M., Igarashi, J., Diesmann, M. and Kunkel, S., 2018. Extremely scalable spiking neuronal network simulation code: from laptops to exascale computers. Frontiers in neuroinformatics, p.2. (link)
[4] GeNN, a GPU-enhanced Neuronal Network simulation
[5] Christensen, Dennis Valbjørn, et al. "2022 roadmap on neuromorphic computing and engineering." Neuromorphic Computing and Engineering (2022).

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