Hardware routed quantum key distribution networks Article

Singal, A, Iyengar, SS, Kumar, L et al. (2022). Hardware routed quantum key distribution networks . 3(2), 127-138. 10.1049/qtc2.12039

cited authors

  • Singal, A; Iyengar, SS; Kumar, L; Madni, AM



  • Quantum communication networks pose immense potential for revolutionising secure communications for several applications such as banking, defence, etc. The majority literature on quantum networks deals with the problems of networking and resource allocation using Software Defined Networks (SDNs). SDNs, however, introduce several issues, such as app manipulation attacks and scalability issues. We propose a novel scheme of implementing quantum communication networks that are hardware routed rather than software defined by labelling qubit photons using laser communications. We provide a comprehensive implementation of the new scheme and propose two novel algorithms—Bandwidth sharing and Equitable bandwidth sharing to implement the hardware routed quantum network. The algorithms result in a key rate increase of 118% and improved network resource utilization of 147% as compared to the First Come First Serve algorithm.

publication date

  • June 1, 2022

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 127

end page

  • 138


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