[e2e] CFP: CCR Special Section on "Impact of Quantum Technologies on Networks and Networking Research"

John Wroclawski jtw at lcs.mit.edu
Sun May 9 16:40:15 PDT 2004


ACM SIGCOMM CCR is soliciting papers for a special section titled 
"Impact of Quantum Technologies on Networks and Networking Research". 
I'm not sure how many people here are *working* directly in this 
area, but we hope that many of you will find the topic *interesting*..

Particularly, we'd love to receive papers collaboratively authored by 
networking and quantum folks, that capture developments in quantum 
tech and present new research directions in the language and mindset 
of the broad networking community.

CFP below. Thanks for your interest!

Chip Elliott - special section editor
John Wroclawski - CCR editor


           C  A  L  L     F  O  R     P  A  P  E  R  S

                         Special Section on
   Impact of Quantum Technologies on Networks and Networking Research

      ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review - October 2004

As physicists have begun to probe the fundamental limits of encoding and
processing information in individual atoms or photons, it has become
apparent that "classical" bits, logic gates, and algorithms place
highly artificial limitations on physically realizable computation and
communication. By taking advantage of distinctively quantum effects
such as entanglement, one may be able to obtain remarkable new
capabilities, such as unbreakable cryptography, quantum computers that
rapidly solve NP-complete problems, and superdense coding. A range of
important quantum technologies is already being demonstrated in
laboratories. Indeed, quantum cryptography - the most mature of these
technologies - is now running across citywide telecommunications

This special section aims to illuminate the implications of quantum
information on communications networks. What new forms of networking
will be required for reliable or best-effort transport of quantum
information (qubits)? How might network technology potentially take
advantage of quantum algorithms running on quantum processors? What
kinds of networks will be needed inside quantum computers? Beyond full
quantum computers, are there specialized quantum circuits that might
be "low hanging fruit" with near-term utility in networking? More
broadly, how might quantum information and technologies create new
challenges, problems, and opportunities for the networking research

We seek original research results, visionary approaches, and future
research directions. The scope is broad, covering theories, insights,
system designs, and empirical studies that will advance our
understanding of how networks may by influenced by explicitly quantum
effects. Contributions may focus on a specific discipline or be
stimulated by the synergistic interaction of diverse disciplines, but
all contributions must be targeted towards the main audience of the
ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, i.e., the network research

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Network architectures based on quantum repeaters or quantum

* New kinds of qubit-transport networks that will be required for
   quantum computers.

* Quantum algorithms or specialized quantum circuits with potentially
   high payoff for networks.

* Impacts of quantum channel capacity, superdense coding, or improved
   communication complexity on higher layers of network architectures.

* Network applications of quantum entanglement (e.g. non-local, shared

* Physical implementations of quantum systems that are readily
   compatible with today's communication infrastructure, e.g., pulses
   of light through telecommunications fibers.

* Cryptographic applications such as quantum key distribution.

Submission and Review Guidelines:

Two types of submissions will be considered for this issue:

* Regular papers presenting new research results related to the
   practice of quantum-based networks.

* Challenge papers articulating future research directions and
   visionary approaches. Papers in this category must be thought
   provoking, with potential for opening new research directions for
   the networking community.

Review submissions should be limited to 15 pages (US "Letter" size,
8.5 x 11 inches) including text, figures and references, in
single-column, single-space format, with a font size of at least 10
points and at least 1" margins. Shorter papers are welcome and
encouraged. Papers will be externally reviewed for their intellectual
merits and relevance to the special issue.

For further information and submission instructions, please see the
special section website at http://www.acm.org/sigcomm/CCR/quantum.
Questions about the submission process should be directed to the
Special Section Editor.

Special Section Editor:

   Chip Elliott   <celliott at bbn.com>      BBN Technologies

Key Dates:

   Paper submission:                      July 19, 2004
   Acceptance notification:               August 27, 2004
   Camera-ready copy:                     September 24, 2004
   Publication date:                      October, 2004

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