Using the Discrete Event System Specification to model Quantum Key Distribution system components
The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation: Applications, Methodology, Technology
In this paper, we present modeling a Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) system with its components using the Discrete Event System Specification (DEVS) formalism. The DEVS formalism assures the developed component models are composable and exhibit well-defined temporal behavior independent of the simulation environment. These attributes enable users to assemble a valid simulation using any collection of compatible components to represent complete QKD system architectures. To illustrate the approach, we introduce a prototypical “prepare and measure” QKD system, decompose one of its subsystems, and present the detailed modeling of the subsystem using the DEVS formalism. The developed models are provably composable and exhibit behavior suitable for the intended analytic purpose, thus improving the validity of the simulation. Finally, we examine issues identified during the verification of the conceptual DEVS model and discuss the impact of these findings on implementing a hybrid QKD simulation framework.
Quantum Key Distribution (QKD)
Morris JD, Grimaila MR, Hodson DD, McLaughlin CV, Jacques DR. Using the Discrete Event System Specification to model Quantum Key Distribution system components. The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation. 2015;12(4):457-480. doi:10.1177/1548512914554404