Very recently, researchers worldwide have started to devote massive efforts in designing and implementing quantum computation, with 17-qubit computing processors already prototyped and several groups making very fast progress towards the 50-qubit regime.
Nevertheless, to fully unleash the ultimate vision of the quantum revolution, it is necessary to design and to implement quantum networks, able to connect distant quantum processors through remote quantum entanglement distribution. However, despite the tremendous progress of quantum technologies, long-distance efficient entanglement distribution still constitutes a key issue, and several key research issues must be addressed to design and eventually deploy quantum networks.
Hence, this tutorial aims at providing the participants with a wide view about quantum networks and the unique challenges for transmitting quantum information.
Marcello Caleffi received the Dr. Eng. degree summa cum laude (highest score) in computer science engineering from the University of Lecce, Lecce, Italy, in 2005, and the Ph.D. degree in electronic and telecommunications engineering from the University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy, in 2009. Currently, he is with the National Laboratory of Multimedia Communications, National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), and with the DIETI Department, University of Naples Federico II. He was also with the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, as visiting researcher. He was also with the NaNoNetworking Center in Catalunya (N3Cat) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, as visiting researcher. Since April 2017, he held the Italian national habilitation as Associate Professor in Telecommunications Engineering. His work appeared in several premier IEEE Transactions and Journals, and he received multiple awards, including best strategy award, most downloaded article awards and most cited article awards. Currently, he serves as an Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters and Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks; moreover, he serves as an Associate Technical Editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine. He has served as the chair, the TPC chair, the session chair, and the TPC member for several premier IEEE conferences. In 2016, he was elevated to IEEE Senior Member, and in 2017 he has been appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer from the IEEE Computer Society.