The engineering of software-defined quantum key distribution networks

Aguado Martín, Alejandro and López, Victor and López, Diego and Peev, Momtchil and Poppe, Andreas and Pastor, Antonio and Folgueira, Jesús and Martin Ayuso, Vicente (2019). The engineering of software-defined quantum key distribution networks. "IEEE Communications Magazine", v. 57 (n. 7); pp. 20-26. ISSN 0163-6804.


Title: The engineering of software-defined quantum key distribution networks
  • Aguado Martín, Alejandro
  • López, Victor
  • López, Diego
  • Peev, Momtchil
  • Poppe, Andreas
  • Pastor, Antonio
  • Folgueira, Jesús
  • Martin Ayuso, Vicente
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: IEEE Communications Magazine
Date: 2019
ISSN: 0163-6804
Volume: 57
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos e Ingeniería del Software
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Quantum computers will change the cryptographic panorama. A technology once believed to lay far away into the future is increasingly closer to real world applications. Quantum computers will break the algorithms used in our public key infrastructure and in our key exchange protocols, forcing a complete retooling of the cryptography as we know it. Quantum Key distribution is a physical layer technology immune to quantum or classical computational threats. However, it requires a physical substrate, and optical fiber has been the usual choice. Most of the time used just as a point to point link for the exclusive transport of the delicate quantum signals. Its integration in a real-world shared network has not been attempted so far. Here we show how the new programmable software network architectures, together with specially designed quantum systems can be used to produce a network that integrates classical and quantum communications, including management, in a single, production-level infrastructure. The network can also incorporate new quantum-safe algorithms and use the existing security protocols, thus bridging the gap between today's network security and the quantum-safe network of the future. This can be done in an evolutionary way, without zero-day migrations and the corresponding upfront costs. We also present how the technologies have been deployed in practice using a production network.

Funding Projects

Government of SpainTEC2015-70406-RCVQuCoUniversidad Politécnica de MadridContinuous Variables for Quantum Comunications
Horizon 2020820466CiViQFundació Institut de Ciències FotòniquesContinuous Variable Quantum Communications
Madrid Regional GovernmentP2018/TCS-4342QUITEMADUnspecifiedQuantum Information Technologies Madrid

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Item ID: 67027
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DOI: 10.1109/MCOM.2019.1800763
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 12 May 2021 13:10
Last Modified: 12 May 2021 13:10
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