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Programmable multi-node quantum network design and simulation
Author(s): Venkat R. Dasari; Ronald J. Sadlier; Ryan Prout; Brian P. Williams; Travis S. Humble
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Paper Abstract

Software-defined networking offers a device-agnostic programmable framework to encode new network functions. Externally centralized control plane intelligence allows programmers to write network applications and to build functional network designs. OpenFlow is a key protocol widely adopted to build programmable networks because of its programmability, flexibility and ability to interconnect heterogeneous network devices. We simulate the functional topology of a multi-node quantum network that uses programmable network principles to manage quantum metadata for protocols such as teleportation, superdense coding, and quantum key distribution. We first show how the OpenFlow protocol can manage the quantum metadata needed to control the quantum channel. We then use numerical simulation to demonstrate robust programmability of a quantum switch via the OpenFlow network controller while executing an application of superdense coding. We describe the software framework implemented to carry out these simulations and we discuss near-term efforts to realize these applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9873, Quantum Information and Computation IX, 98730B (19 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2234697
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Venkat R. Dasari, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Ronald J. Sadlier, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Ryan Prout, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Brian P. Williams, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Travis S. Humble, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9873:
Quantum Information and Computation IX
Eric Donkor; Michael Hayduk, Editor(s)

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