SimulaQron hackathon 2018 

A col­lab­o­ra­tion of QuTech, Ripe NCC and the Quan­tum Inter­net Alliance organ­ised the world’s first quan­tum inter­net hackathon on 13–14 Octo­ber 2018, a week­end where 40 par­tic­i­pants from all over the world col­lab­o­rat­ed to improve and build appli­ca­tions on top of the Sim­u­laQron net­work sim­u­la­tor. 

hackathon is a “hack­ing marathon”: an event where quick and dirty solu­tions are built for some prob­lem and where the focus is on rapid pro­to­typ­ing rather than the (usu­al­ly slow­er) pro­gram­ming with reusabil­i­ty in mind. 

 The par­tic­i­pants worked on the fol­low­ing projects dur­ing the hackathon (code can be found here) :


Team Quan­tum Con­sen­sus. 

  • Goal: Quan­tum Cryp­tocur­ren­cy 
  • Imple­ment­ed: leader elec­tion algo­rithms for quan­tum cryp­tocur­ren­cy (Coin Flip­ping Leader Elec­tion (arXiv:0910.4952v2) and W‑State Leader Elec­tion) 


Team IRTF draft 

  • Goal: “Adver­tis­ing Entan­gle­ment Capa­bil­i­ties in Quan­tum Net­works” 
  • Will be sub­mit­ted & dis­cussed at Quan­tum Inter­net RG 


Team QuViz 

  • QuViz is a test suite to visu­al­ize prop­er­ties of a Quan­tum Net­work 



Team Sim-NG 

  • Improved Sim­u­laQron is many ways, e.g. added Go-bind­ings, fixed anom­alies in CQC spec­i­fi­ca­tion 


Team Qham­ster 

  • Goal: improve­ments to QChat, a chat appli­ca­tion built on top of quan­tum key dis­tri­b­u­tion: decou­ple Client/Server func­tion­al­i­ty and pro­vide a lan­guage-inde­pen­dent client inter­face 
  • Results: Orga­nized ser­vices, Python XML-RPC Serv­er, Inter­op­er­a­ble web and cli XML-RPC clients, Back­end improve­ments 



Team Han­ko 

  • Goal: design quan­tum dig­i­tal sig­na­ture “pro­to­col” rather than “algo­rithm” 
  • Results: vari­able key length, vari­able mes­sage length, sim­ple sta­bi­liz­er states quan­tum one-way func­tion & a draft for the 2‑par­ty-pro­to­col 


Team aMBiQuiCy 

  • Project: MBQC sub­rou­tine for Sim­u­laQron 
  • Imple­men­ta­tion: Blind Quan­tum Com­pu­ta­tion 


The (open-source) code and pre­sen­ta­tions of the projects can be found here.



Team IRTF draft at work to under­stand entan­gle­ment and how it can be used 


Team aMBiQuiCy busy imple­ment­ing mea­sure­ment-based quan­tum com­pu­ta­tion (on Sun­day morn­ing!)

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