About this project
With Quanta@home and AmiCloud you get a cloud storage with unlimited traffic for a one time payment of 5€ and no monthly fees.
Making quantum computing accessible to a broader user base including institutions, schools and medical facilities is the inspiration behind this campaign.
You see I was getting tired of restrictions and costs that were preventing me from reaching some of my goals and realizing some of my dreams in computing, so I can only imagine how frustrated some of the big guys with small budgets were.
I decided to call the application Quantum@home because we provide the scope for quantum type computing at home – amazing right?
Essentially we have two missions
1. Take back the cloud and deliver the highest standards of cloud computing at the lowest possible cost
2. Democratize access to Quantum computing. Inspired by the great Raspberry Pi community, we believe that the time has come to give everyone access to the highest-performing computing platform available; closing the knowledge gap.
If we can achieve our Goal we will open the door to quicker breakthroughs, greater problem solving in key fields such as science, medicine, technology and human development.
Maybe this will help one of you guys out there to change the world in a positive way.
The Quanta@Home Platform (a sub-feature of AmiCloud)
To make quantum computing accessible, we need access to a service that is affordable, open, and easy to use. The goal of the Quanta@Home project is to provide such a service.
We intend to provide easily accessible services for everyone that work effectively across platforms.
The Quanta@Home clients will be available for Windows (X86), Linux (ARM,PPC,i386),AROS i386, OS X (PPC/i386) and AmigaOS (68k/PPC)
We will make all clients sources publicly available under the APL license Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. (http://aros.sourceforge.net/license.html)
Hardware costs and SDK costs have always been a huge barrier to entry for developers looking to develop high performance applications.
Our goal is to circumvent the Quantum high performance computer cost by offering a Just-In-Time access and sharing model, making it an affordable platform for all.
The Quanta@Home service is based on our upcoming AmiCloud infrastructure (providing storage, VM's and VCPU) and D-Wave's Quantum Technology
The Quanta@Home concept
Quantum computers can compute many tasks many thousands times faster than conventional computers. However those monsters are more like special tools designed to solve only a limited number of problems so they can't replace universal computers. However Quanta is all about simple yet powerful conventional cloud computing and it is all powered by AmiCloud – our cloud computing service. So you see it works together amazingly well. Simple right?
So for any conventional tasks and access to virtual machines Quanta@Home incorporates AmiCloud's cloud processing, which offers the perfect solution to run calculations via distributed computing on ordinary servers.
As soon you connect your Raspberry Pi (or Amiga, or Mac) to Quanta@Home it will become your Terminal to a Supercomputer or a high-end Workstation (see FAQ about 3D CAD)
To us there is no bigger satisfaction than seeing someone use our platform for a purpose that we could never have imagined.
Together we will work on an easy scripting language to enable easy lua like development so even coding noobs will be able to create interesting projects or utilize the power for interesting tasks. *
*My personal interesting task is Project MiNX (minx). MiNX is inspired by Kitty the AROS mascot and is the equivalent to Siri or Cortana. For now it is a so called weak AI but with enough computational power it will allow faster learning and improved automation, with every conversation between you and her.
We believe that if everyone had affordable access to the latest technology then earth would become a better place.
Where we are today
We are glad to have one if not the best OS-bundle available for the Raspberry Pi. AEROS is unique because of it's Hybrid nature (a mix of two OS'es , AROS and Linux).
To overcome the power limitations of our niche PPC and 68k based as well as low-cost ARM based computers we came to the conclusion that the time has come to outsource heavy calculation to servers.
Every member can (optionally) offer some of his computational power to the Quanta@Home Framework. This can be used by others to solve problems (BOINC Network for example) or you can sell them to gain credits back or higher priority in the Workload-Queue.
Why are we asking for your help?
Well, we believe we are helping each other.
Universities, and private technology enthusiasts get the chance to work with the bleeding edge.
Isn't it a pity that only big companies and institutions like Google, NASA, NSA get to work on the best projects?
None of us will get access in the next 1 or 2 decades to Quantum Computing. The only way to access Quantum computing is through a broad community movement – starting with a crowdfunding campaign.
Together we can write the next generations history and catapult us into the age of Quantum-computing.
What will your pledges be used for? The pledges will be used for purchasing additional server infrastructure/collaboration with existing services/api/client programming.
Also if you like we will produce custom Pi~Wave cases for the Raspberry Pi 2. The case is modular. You can stack up multiple Pi's or just use the Basic housing, which has room for a SSD. If there is interest we can redesign the case based on your thoughts – so let us know what you think we can’t wait to answer your questions ☺
The Pi~Wave can be your own server (it can accommodate the micro SD of your PI as well as a SSD). The case will be decently illuminated from LED's inside the case. The Pi~Wave text will glow white and between the black plates are blue glowing stripes.
You can choose your own color from green, blue, and red, black and white.
Only here on Kickstarter.
Every case will have an individual serial number.
Besides the Pi~Wave case we offer only here on Kickstarter the W4LK3R computer based on the Raspberry Pi 2 and inspired by the Amiga Walker design.
Kickstarter exclusive Pi~Wave Computer PDF
Kickstarter exclusive W4LK3R PDF
What is the benefit to you?
- You will be a part of the movement to bring the Amiga spirit back to the mainstream
- You will allow us to pay more of our core developer's to work on our projects (speeding up development)
- You will get free cloud storage with unlimited traffic - You will get access to JIT VM's (just in time and configurable)
- You will get a virtual turbo via VCPU
- You will get access and let the D-Wave Computer work for you
- You will have the chance to experiment with new ways of solving problems
- You will learn new skills and enhance the way to program
- Studying Quantum mechanics with a practical component
- Encode /transcode media in the cloud
- Learn coding; earn money with offering computational power
- Run the latest games on your decade old Computer independently from HOST OS and CPU
- Run always the latest and greatest applications on any compatible device.
With AEROS, AmiCloud and Quanta@home the Pi will become the most cost-efficient Thin-Client and CAD-Workstation on the planet.
AEROS Premium will include Medusa:
We are a team of enthusiasts working under the ARES Computer brand to bring AROS, one of the spiritual successors of Amiga OS to the next level.
With the release of AEROS we introduced a hybrid-OS, which mixes AROS and Linux, allowing us to use the best of both worlds side by side.
We are members of the OpenInventionNetwork
Besides our indieGO!-Marketplace which allows developers to reach customers on every OS and every Hardware platform, we also introduced indieCoins which act as a bonus system to let developers and content creators enjoy games and apps developed by other community members.
We released in 2010 AMC (Amiga media Center) and this year we released the VAN-format (a Vector based lossless video codec). This thing allows transcoding from pixel to vector based movies. The resulting size is comparable to a 1080p h264 but with the nice bonus of being endless up scalable. (size can be reduced by reducing complexity and number of colors)
Long story short... we are enthusiasts and quite innovative. With a bit more support (so far we have reached 1400+ registered users) be believe that we can beat major companies in terms of innovation;)
Q: Will it only work with the Raspberry Pi ?
A: No, but because of our AEROS for Raspberry PI background, we are focused on it. The Quanta@Home service will be accessible from everywhere. Also on ordinary PC's and virtually any ARM soc and Android devices.
Q: What is AmiCloud?
A: AmiCloud is a WIP Cloud service like Dropbox, made for niche systems like AmigaOS and AROS, as well as obsolete ones like OSX for PPC. Every Quanta@home user will get also a basic AmiCloud account.
The basic AmiCloud account will offer limited cloud storage.
The best thing compared to services such as Dropbox: There is no traffic limit.
I quite often use up the storage capabilities of my dropbox pro account. I am also disappointed that dropbox stopped supporting PPC Macs... We come from the absolute niche (Amiga Computers) and we care about each other and individual users unlike big companies.
Q: What is AEROS?
A: AEROS is our AROS / LINUX distribution for Raspberry Pi and i386 which allows to execute AROS and linux applications side by side as well as windows application with wine. The ARM Premium edition allows also the execution of i386 binaries. (Screenshot shows the Raspberry Pi Premium version)
Q: What can I cloud-process ?
A: Everything. The basics are that file conversations like transcoding video or image manipulation will be done by Quanta instead of your local Computer. Providing a faster processing speed. For example if you wanted to batch convert files on a Raspberry Pi 1. It would take quite a while. Instead you can now do a right click on the files and chose "cloud-process" and let the servers do the work.
Q: 3D- CAD on a Raspberry ? Serious?
A: Yep. AEROS Premium will include a CAD Software called Medusa.
Medusa has one advantage.. It is free for everyone, also professionals. You pay only when you create a Product and are ready to publish it. Starting at roughly 3€ per drawing...
But: Off course Quanta will also allow you to run cloud based CAD. Your clients can be cheap like a Raspberry. You will need approx. 5Mbit to work in HD over the internet. You will be connected to a Virtual CAD Workstation powered by Nvidia Grid.
Q: So I get access to a virtual machine all the time?
A: Yep, if we reach our goal we will provide a pool of VM's accessible for your needs. On top of that you can order additions like commercial software (Siemens Solid Edge, AutoCAD or similar). The additions will cost extra.
Q: So there will be a SDK to write own Quanta powered apps?
A: Yes. We will provide example codes and some ideas: A video converter could use the power. As well as a vectorizer as used in out lossless VAN Vector Animation Codec. The AEROS desktop called Wanderer will get a right click option to cloud process (convert files) for example.
Q: How will the credit system work? Is it real money?
A: We will utilize our indieGO!- Marketplace to offer a dedicated selling platform for your vcpu based app creations. On the Appstore people earn indiecoins.
Those coins can be donated or used to buy products inside the store (games, apps, music and so on). In the Quanta@home system you can use those coins to buy additional software(CAD for example) and or get a speed boost by buying computational power from other users.
Q: Could Raspberry Pi replace my expensive workstation?
A: With Quanta@home... yes! The Raspberry will act as the Client and connect to a Nvidia Grid powered Workstation. You will need to pay a subscription plan based on the software you would like to have installed (you can also install your own licenses manually). The service fee will be based on the Power and usage time. So costs will only appear when you really do work. Professionals will get guaranteed access 24/7. Basic user accounts will be able to access free pool VM's at any time.
BTW: AEROS is also available for cubox-i and Odroid U2/U3...
Don't worry. In case the fundraiser fails you will get a refund of you money. Only if the fundraiser is successful we will get your money paid out.
Beside the Pi-Wave you can also exclusively buy while supporting us the W4LK3R computer inspired by the never released Amiga Walker concept.
The W4LK3R share the "stackable" feature of the original. Additional stacks can be placed below it so it grows to a full tower.
You can choose your own color from green, blue, red, black and white. Only here on Kickstarter. Every case will become a individual serial.
Risks and challenges
The Quanta@Home/Amicloud projects carries risks like any major engineering project. Any design flaw can set product releases back months.
We know as well as anyone that it only takes a single bug to make a product unusable.
We will work together with existing partners of D-Wave to ensure quick execution and delivery.
We are very confident that we can deliver what have proposed! Still, we want to make it clear that we can't guarantee that we will be able to deliver. If you do make a pledge to the Quanta@Home you are doing it knowing that there is a risk that something will go wrong. The one thing we can guarantee is that AmiCloud will be ready providing cloud processing we will put our entire energy and passion into this project (like we do with AEROS ). The Pi~Wave case design is virtually done. Now it depends on you.
So this is our crowdfunding campaign – what can I say? I think I’ve said it all now it’s up to you guys. We are looking forward to your contributions both financial and technological, we really are all about community so we look forward to expanding and growing ours… and having you as part of it.
Remember it is just as important to share our campaign as it is to contribute to it, so don’t be shy now push, promote and share our campaign to everyone you know even those who think won’t be interested or who think won’t understand. What we are doing affects everyone in the long run.
Most of all do whatever you can we are eternally grateful guys and remember - this is just the beginning!!
I have a question regarding the cloud storage via the raspberry Pi How is it implemented? Can I access my files on my mobile and how. Can I acces them using another computer and how. And most importantly, how do I share files using the Raspberry Pi?
We will provide the client for AmigaOS 3 /4, AROS i386, MorphOS, Windows (from XP to 10), MacOS X 10.3 up to 10.10 (intel and PPC), Linux (PPC/ARM/i386), IOS and Android.
So between those OS's you can share your files.
I have been asked how to "pay my bills when I ask only one time for 5€".
The 5€ are per target OS.
So if you pay 5€ for the ARM Linux version (runs on any ARM Linux distribution), You are free to install (activate) the client on as many ARM Linux based computers you like to...
But if you would like also to sync your IOS or Android phone, you will need to buy the IOS or Android client for again 5€.
As soon you bought the client you can install it on as many mobile phones you like. All you need is to enter you ID (Login-Data)
And so on...
I have been asked how the service can be rentable if people pay only 5€.
As you can see, the reality will be more like 2x or 3x 5€.
Than people must know that we are running already the framework in form os indieGO!-Appstore (which is still in alpha, but in working and public accessible condition). This App Store is made for the niche and so our servers are running idle most at the time...
I think the 5€ per target OS rule is fair for everyone. Compared to dropbox where you pay up to 9.99€ for a higher trafficl limitation (50Gb /hour or day, or whatever it is) it is still much better to pay 4-5x 5€ once and get unlimited traffic for public links.
How to share files:
The client will allow you to manage a sync folder (with subfolders) like dropbox.
So if you use raspbian, you can set a shortcut to the folder in your file manager.
Default would be /home/user/amicloud/
there amicloud/ is hidden from the public
and /public contains files accessible via weblinks.
Amicloud client will have a Graphical user interface.
Stay tuned, we will release soon some updates, videos and screenshots.
roughly two months are quite long and have to be filled : p
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