Quantum Cryptography – up and running in Boston (fwd)

Wow. Things move pretty fast in the world of quantum crypto it seems; according to this IP mail, BBN have had a VPN protected using quantum cryptography up and running since December 2002.

Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2003 18:18:26 -0400
From: Dave Farber (spam-protected)
To: ip (spam-protected)
Subject: Quantum Cryptography – up and running in Boston

From: Chip Elliott (spam-protected)
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2003 16:51:09 -0400
To: (spam-protected) (spam-protected)
Cc: craig Partridge (spam-protected) Chip Elliott (spam-protected)
Subject: Quantum Cryptography – up and running in Boston

Dave, Bob,

Craig Partridge has forwarded me your message on the BBC’s article on quantum cryptography. Indeed, quantum cryptography is much closer than most IP folks might think!

We’ve had an Internet protected by quantum cryptography up and running in our lab since Dec 2002. It’s a full Virtual Private Network (VPN) protected by our own quantum cryptography apparatus running through dark fiber. This is a DARPA project, in collaboration with the BU Photonics Center and Harvard University Applied Physics Dept, and next steps will be a build-out in metro Boston to link our campuses.

We’ll be announcing our work at SIGCOMM 2003 later this summer.

Cheers,

— Chip

Chip Elliott Principal Engineer, BBN


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