Supercomputing and Computation


Grid Security using Quantum Architectures and Resources

Problem Statement:

  • The electric grid is becoming “smarter” through better use of information. With more information comes greater vulnerability and greater risk, not only to consumer information, but also to the security of the grid itself.

Technical Approach:

  • Quantum approaches to security bring advantages not achievable with classical techniques. In particular, Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) offers a means to distribute cryptographic keys to remote locations, with security guaranteed by the laws of physics, rather than by computational complexity. ORNL is working to assess both the security needs of the grid and the capabilities offered by QKD. Where the needs and capabilities overlap, QKD is a viable security solution.


  • Increased security for energy delivery systems
  • Remote cryptographic key distribution

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