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Design of superconducting optoelectronic networks for neuromorphic computing



Sonia Buckley, Adam McCaughan, Jeff Chiles, Richard Mirin, Sae Woo Nam, Jeff Shainline


We have previously proposed a novel hardware platform for neuromorphic computing based on superconducting optoelectronics that presents many of the features necessary for information processing in the brain. Here we discuss the design and training of networks of neurons and synapses based on this technology. We present circuit models for the simplest neurons and synapses that we can use to build networks. We discuss the further abstracted integrate and fire model that we use for evolutionary optimization of small networks of these neurons. We show that we can use the TENNLab evolutionary optimization programming framework to design small networks for logic, control and classification tasks. We plan to use the results to feedback and inform our neuron design.
Proceedings Title
2018 IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing
Conference Dates
November 7-9, 2018
Conference Location
Tysons, VA, US


neuromorphic computing, integrated photonics, superconducting electronics


Buckley, S. , McCaughan, A. , Chiles, J. , Mirin, R. , Nam, S. and Shainline, J. (2018), Design of superconducting optoelectronic networks for neuromorphic computing, 2018 IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing, Tysons, VA, US, [online],, (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created November 6, 2018, Updated April 13, 2022