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Project Overview
« on: February 04, 2009, 05:40:12 PM »


D-Wave's AQUA (Adiabatic QUantum Algorithms) is a research project (with commercial benefit) whose goal is to predict the performance of superconducting adiabatic quantum computers on a variety of hard problems arising in fields ranging from materials science to machine learning. AQUA@home uses Internet-connected computers to help design and analyse quantum computing algorithms, using Quantum Monte Carlo techniques.

Adiabatic quantum computing (AQC) processors exploit quantum effects to solve optimisation problems in a new way. They are fabricated using superconducting metals instead of semiconductors and are operated at ultra-low temperatures in a magnetic vacuum.

Adiabatic quantum algorithms were initially discovered in 2000 by a group at MIT, and solve an important class of hard computational problems in a novel way.  These algorithms have generated a large amount of controversy in the computer science and physics community because there is no way to easily analyze how long it takes them to solve the problems they are designed for.  Detailed information here.

AQUA@Home can be found at:

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A white paper discussing AQUA@Home is available here:

It has applications for:

  Linux on x86 compatible CPU
  Windows 98 or later on x86 compatible CPU
  Mac OSX 10.4 or later on Intel

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« Last Edit: May 15, 2009, 09:49:32 PM by Cruncher Pete »


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Re: Project Overview
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2009, 06:06:39 PM »

Thanks for that, WikiWill!
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