OpenFlow Extensions for Programmable Quantum Networks

Report No. ARL-TR-8043
Authors: Venkat Dasari; Nikolai Snow; Billy Geerhart; Sam Snodgrass
Date/Pages: June 2017; 16 pages
Abstract: Networks are essential for both quantum and classical systems for transporting information between network nodes. Networks define abstractions and interfaces required for establishing stable communication frameworks required for network applications to communicate. Advances in network protocols and architectures have led to the development of software-defined programmable networks. Previously, the feasibility of extending programmable network principles to build multinode quantum networks has been described. This project built upon a previously described programmable quantum network model to leverage new optical labels in the latest OpenFlow protocol to manage optical channels and lambda switching. Custom modifications to the OpenFlow protocol base code were developed to create new labels for managing the optical channels associated with quantum networks. Additionally, the OpenFlow match/action tables were modified to recognize and take action on new OpenFlow labels related to the quantum network attributes.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2017