9 May 2018 Software-defined quantum network switching
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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.
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Travis S. Humble, Ronald J. Sadlier, Brian P. Williams, Ryan C. Prout, "Software-defined quantum network switching", Proc. SPIE 10652, Disruptive Technologies in Information Sciences, 106520B (9 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2303800; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2303800

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