University of Le Havre
Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) is a secure key distribution technology, which provides information theoretic or unconditional security. BBN DARPA quantum network and SECOQC network of secrets are the examples of such networks. Research is also in progress for the integration of QKD with the protocols in different layers of OSI model. Integration of QKD in Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) OSI layer 2 and with IPSEC at OSI layer-3 is the examples of such research efforts. All these steps are leading towards the utilization of QKD technology for enhancing the security of modern computing applications on the Internet. This paper presents a model for the exploitation of QKD security networks in high performance distributed computing applications, such as grid computing.