RFC 8774

The Quantum Bug, April 1 2020

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Status:
INFORMATIONAL
Author:
M. Welzl
Stream:
INDEPENDENT

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DOI:  10.17487/RFC8774

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Abstract

The age of quantum networking is upon us, and with it comes "entanglement": a procedure in which a state (i.e., a bit) can be transferred instantly, with no measurable delay between peers. This will lead to a perceived round-trip time of zero seconds on some Internet paths, a capability which was not predicted and so not included as a possibility in many protocol specifications. Worse than the millennium bug, this unexpected value is bound to cause serious Internet failures unless the specifications are fixed in time.


For the definition of Status, see RFC 2026.

For the definition of Stream, see RFC 4844.


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