Our work “QSIP: A Quantum Key Distribution Signaling Protocol” won the “Best Paper Award” at the Multimedia Communications, Services & Security (MCSS’17) conference 2017 in Krakow, Poland (http://mcss2017.kt.agh.edu.pl/).
QSIP: A Quantum Key Distribution Signaling Protocol
- Department of Telecommunications, VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava-Poruba, Czech Republic
- Almir Maric
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Miroslav Voznak
Department of Telecommunications, VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava-Poruba, Czech Republic
The rapid development of quantum equipment has led to increased interest in the application of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) in everyday life. One of the questions is the establishment of a QKD session, namely the procedure for negotiating session parameters that is solved using a signaling protocol. In this paper, we analyze the existing signaling protocols and their limited application in a QKD network. We present a new QKD signaling protocol (QSIP) that aims to establish a session, modify the parameters of the established session and tear down the session. Additionally, QSIP is expanded to carry values that can be used to calculate average delay and perceive the state of the public channel of QKD link.