Quantum communications - the exchange of quantum information between remote systems - is evolving from simple point-to-point communication to a general purpose multi-hop network.
Developing this extended capability introduces a new spin to a familiar set of networking problems :
Why is quantum information transfer important & what's unique about quantum information transfer?
How does quantum mechanics hinder & help the transfer of quantum information?
How are the real-time aspects of quantum networking coordinated by classical & quantum protocols & devices?
How do you build a general purpose network that supports quantum information transfer?
Steve Willis is the co-organizer of the NYC Quantum Computing Meetup & has a background in classic networking.