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Welcome to The Quantum Protocol Zoo - Explore, Learn, Code and Implement Quantum Protocols. Cite Us

The quantum protocol zoo is an open repository of protocols for quantum networks. It provides a compact and canonical way to explore such protocols. Moreover, it allows for easy communication among computer scientists, engineers, and physicists on a single platform.

Getting started

Quantum Protocol Zoo is a repository of protocols for quantum networks. It presents a wiki of protocols for various functionalities classified in terms of the network stages for a quantum internet. It is important to note that, although there are several different ways of defining a protocol, we characterise it as something that involves more than one party. In particular, we define a protocol as a sequence of steps, specifically designed to accomplish a task. It may or may not involve an algorithm and could be run between trusted parties as well as parties who don't trust each other.

The wiki consists of two types of pages: The first type is a functionality page, describing a general task which can be realised in a quantum network (the "what"). The second type of page is a protocol page, which describes a specific protocol implementing the defined functionality (the "how"). These pages are listed in Protocol Library. Furthermore, a page on Supplementary Information has been provided for background information about quantum theory. Any information on How to Submit or contact can be found in the Navigation Menu on the sidebar. Every page has a Discussion section, where users are welcome to leave their comments.

The goal

The goal of this project is multifold. First, it aims to provide a compact and precise review of all the existing protocols in one place, such that it is accessible to both the young researchers motivated to enter into the field as well as quantum enthusiasts. Second, our platform enables the experts from academia and industry to find real-life use cases for the listed protocols and at the same time innovate on (or compose) the existing ones to tailor-made new protocols for the desired task. Finally, our main intention is to also develop a standardised form for protocol descriptions to make the community quantum-internet ready. At the same time, we emphasise that our purpose is not to point out the strengths or weaknesses of any particular protocol or functionality.

As a direct consequence of this effort, hosting and analysing the protocols in this fashion provides an underlying link between several protocols and would enable everyone to gain a deeper understanding of their working. With the rapid progress in quantum technologies and improvements in the current protocols, it is extremely beneficial to have a resource for all the quantum protocols in one place that can be regularly updated to keep track of the advancements, something that can not be achieved with the review articles or a book. We, therefore, invite everyone from the quantum information science community to join and contribute to this initiative in collectively making the quantum protocol zoo a crucial source for quantum protocols.


If you want to submit a new page to the moderation, you can do that by clicking on Submissions and click on create a new Protocol or a new Functionality.

If you go on a page that doesn't have any content yet, you can create an article similarly, by clicking the right link.

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