Design and Implementation of the Illinois Express Quantum Metropolitan Area Network

Joaquin Chung, Argonne National Laboratory
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The Illinois Express Quantum Network (IEQNET) is a program to realize metropolitan-scale quantum networking over deployed optical fiber using currently available technology. IEQNET consists of multiple sites that are geographically dispersed in the Chicago metropolitan area. Each site has one or more quantum nodes (Q-Nodes) representing the communication parties in a quantum network. Q-Nodes generate or measure quantum signals such as entangled photons and communicate the measurement results via standard classical signals and conventional networking processes. The entangled photons in IEQNET nodes are generated at multiple wavelengths and are selectively distributed to the desired users via transparent optical switches. In this talk I will describe the network architecture of IEQNET, including the Internet-inspired layered hierarchy that leverages software-defined networking (SDN) technology to perform traditional wavelength routing and assignment between the Q-Nodes. Specifically, SDN decouples the control and data planes, with the control plane being entirely implemented in the classical domain. I will also discuss the IEQNET processes that address issues associated with synchronization, calibration, network monitoring, and scheduling.

Bio: Joaquin Chung

Joaquin Chung is a research scientist in computer networking and system software at the University of Chicago and he holds a joint appointment at the Data Science and Learning Division at Argonne National Laboratory. His work spans diverse areas that go from designing systems for enabling memory-to-memory data streaming between federated instruments to architecting the control plane of future quantum communication networks. He received both his B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering (2007) and his M.Sc. in Communication Systems Engineering with Emphasis in Data Networks (2013) from University of Panama, Panama. He received his Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering (2017) at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. He is a Fulbright alumn, an IEEE senior member, and an ACM member.

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