A P4 Data Plane for the Quantum Internet

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The quantum technology revolution brings with it the promise of a quantum internet. A new --- quantum --- network stack will be needed to account for the fundamentally new properties of quantum entanglement. The first realisations of quantum networks are imminent and research interest in quantum network protocols has started growing. In the non-quantum world, programmable data planes have broken the pattern of ossification of the protocol stack and enabled a new --- software-defined --- network software architecture. Similarly, a programmable quantum data plane could pave the way for a software-defined quantum network architecture. In this paper, we demonstrate how we use P4-16 to explore abstractions and device architectures for quantum networks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuroP4 2020 - Proceedings of the 3rd P4 Workshop in Europe, Part of CoNEXT 2020
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450381819
ISBN (Print)9781450381819
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event3rd P4 Workshop in Europe - Online
Duration: 1 Dec 20201 Dec 2020

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NameEuroP4 2020 - Proceedings of the 3rd P4 Workshop in Europe, Part of CoNEXT 2020


Conference3rd P4 Workshop in Europe
Abbreviated titleEuroP4'20
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  • P4
  • programmable networks
  • quantum communication
  • quantum data plane
  • quantum internet
  • Quantum Networks


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