19 May 2016 Programmable multi-node quantum network design and simulation
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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.
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Venkat R. Dasari, Ronald J. Sadlier, Ryan Prout, Brian P. Williams, Travis S. Humble, "Programmable multi-node quantum network design and simulation", Proc. SPIE 9873, Quantum Information and Computation IX, 98730B (19 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2234697; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2234697
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