We present the design and implementation of a software-defined quantum networking protocol and software switch integrated with a numerical quantum channel simulator. Our protocol design leverages recent advances in the OpenFlow protocol that enable software-defined control and management of optical network traffic using side-channel metadata. We implement this design using customization of the open source vSwitch for optical network routing, and we test the implementation using a numerical simulator of the quantum channel alongside actual network traffic. Our results support the integration of quantum communication with existing optical transport methods.
Travis S. Humble, Ronald J. Sadlier, Brian P. Williams, and Ryan C. Prout, "Software-defined quantum network switching," Proc. SPIE 10652, Disruptive Technologies in Information Sciences, 106520B (Presented at SPIE Defense + Security: April 17, 2018; Published: 9 May 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2303800.
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