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Quantum Network Simulation

Recent advances in quantum information science enabled the development of quantum communication network prototypes and created an opportunity to study full-stack quantum network architectures. Working together with Argonne National Lab (led by Dr. Martin Suchara), we develop SeQUeNCe, a comprehensive, customizable quantum network simulator.

Our simulator consists of five modules: Hardware models, Entanglement Management protocols, Resource Management, Network Management, and Application. This framework is suitable for simulation of quantum network prototypes that capture the breadth of current and future hardware technologies and protocols.

We design SeQUeNCe to enable comparisons of alternative quantum network technologies, experiment planning, and validation and to aid with new protocol design. We are releasing SeQUeNCe as an open source tool [Github repo] and aim to generate community interest in extending it.


Figure 1. Modularized design of SeQUeNCe closely matching an abstract quantum network architecture


Figure 2. Simulation of a Two-Terminal QKD Network

Selected Publication
  • Xiaoliang Wu, Alexander Kolar, Joaquin Chung, Dong Jin, Tian Zhong, Rajkumar Kettimuthu, Martin Suchara. SeQUeNCe: A Customizable Discrete-Event Simulator of Quantum Networks (tech report)
  • Xiaoliang Wu, Bo Zhang, and Dong Jin. Parallel Simulation of Quantum Key Distribution Networks. 2020 ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation (PADS), June 2020. Finalist for the Best Paper Award [pdf]