Analysis of Classical and Quantum Information Interface Requirements (ACQuIIRe)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,967.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-04-C-R254
Award Id:
68797
Agency Tracking Number:
04SB1-0302
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3115 Professional Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
099116618
Principal Investigator:
Brian Mitchell
Senior Scientist
(734) 973-1177
BMitchell@OptiMetrics.org
Business Contact:
Scott Singer
President
(734) 973-1177
SSinger@OptiMetrics.org
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Quantum cryptography will likely play a key role in the future of secure communications. An effective Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) system is the central requirement for a successful quantum cryptographic system. Current QKD systems use a limited and incomplete set of standards to define the interfaces between the quantum system components and the necessary digital components and networks. This document proposes to develop Interface Definition Documents (IDDs) and eventually software tools utilizing those interface standards to control the physical interfaces and management and analysis software of QKD systems. IDDs will be developed for multiple interface layers including: physical interface, management interface and analysis interfaces. As a unique feature of this approach, two analysis components are considered: blue analysis interface, addressing countermeasure factors that can be monitored internally, and a red (threat-side) analysis interface, addressing vulnerability factors that can be monitored externally. Through consulting and teaming arrangements, it is planned to work closely with two organizations developing prototype QKD systems and standards, BBN and NIST.

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