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Aqua at home Iquana.png
The graphic visualization of Aqua@Home's multithreaded IQUANA Core running a Quantum Monte Carlo simulation
Developer(s) D-Wave Systems
Platform Cross-platform
Available in English
Type Distributed computing

AQUA@home was a distributed computing project operated by D-Wave Systems and running on the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) software platform. It closed down in August 2011. Its goal was to predict the performance of superconducting adiabatic quantum computers on a variety of problems arising in fields ranging from materials science to machine learning. It designed and analyzed quantum computing algorithms, using Quantum Monte Carlo techniques.

AQUA@home was the first BOINC project to provide multi-threaded applications.[1] It was also the first project to deploy an OpenCL test application under BOINC.[2]

Papers resulting from AQUA@home's computations are available at.[3]


  1. ^ Kamran Karimi; Neil Dickson; Firas Hamze (2010). "High-Performance Physics Simulations Using Multi-Core CPUs and GPGPUs in a Volunteer Computing Context" (PDF). International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications. 25: 61. doi:10.1177/1094342010372928. 
  2. ^ Kamran Karimi; Neil Dickson; Firas Hamze (2010). "A Performance Comparison of CUDA and OpenCL". arXiv:1005.2581Freely accessible [cs.PF]. 
  3. ^ "AQUA@home papers".