- Abstract We study the atomtronic quantum interference device employing a semiclassical perspective. We consider an M site ring that is described by the Bose–Hubbard Hamiltonian. Coherent Rabi oscillations in the flow of the current are feasible, with an enhanced frequency due to chaos-assisted tunneling. We highlight the consequences of introducing a weak-link into the circuit. In the latter context we clarify the phase–space considerations that are involved in setting up an effective'systems plus bath'description in terms of Josephson– Caldeira–Leggett Hamiltonian.