# What is Acoustics@home?

Acoustics@home is a BOINC-based volunteer computing project aimed at solving inverse problems in underwater acoustics.
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In underwater acoustics the notion of geoacoustic inversion refers
to a collection of techniques that can be used for the reconstruction of medium parameters. The medium parameters are usually
understood as the sound speed profile in water (i.e., the dependence of the sound speed on the depth) and the sound speed and density
in the sea bottom sediment layers. Medium parameters reconstruction is of great importance for problems of underwater communication and
for the development of underwater navigation systems.

While normally measurements for the geoacoustic inversion are performed using expensive receiver arrays, recently it was
shown that single-hydrophone recording of a broadband pulse signal can be also
successfully used for estimating the medium parameters.

The method of geoacoustic inversion developed in our study is based on using modal dispersion data. Waveguide dispersion is usually
induced by the difference in group velocities of propagation of normal waves of different mode numbers at different frequencies.
By using special algorithms of the frequency-time analysis of signals, it is possible to filter out the modal components of a pulse
signal from its time series recorded by a single hydrophone. The implementation of this method in practice can be thought of as a
solution of an optimization problem in a (very large) discrete
search space, and every evaluation of the cost function requires numerous solutions of an acoustic spectral problem. Thus, the whole
computational burden can be easily divided into a large number of relatively simple independent tasks, which can be solved using
volunteer computing.