Questions, Comments and Corrections:
- for questions or comments, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- for corrections or additions to the Mapnet database, please contact email@example.com
- Java source code for Mapnet is made available.
What is Mapnet used for?
- Mapnet is a tool used for visualizing the geographic toplogy of multiple network infrastructures.
What is the status of Mapnet?
- Mapnet is a past CAIDA project and is not currently funded.
Who maintains Mapnet?
- Because Mapnet is not currently a funded project, it is currently not maintained nor supported but is made available for public use.
how you can help
Network administrators: You can help NLANR/CAIDA provide more accurate visualizations of the Internet by putting latitude/longitude information into your DNS configuration. Here's how.
Visualization of the Internet beyond the purview of a single provider has become challenging task that has received little attention from the research community. Commercial Internet service providers grow increasingly hesitant to voluntarily publish topology or peering information about their networks, and those that do so use no standard format, leading to the problem that any existing maps are fairly incomparable with each other.
At the same time, the evolution of cooperative research networks, currently framed by the NSF, new connections to the vBNS, and cooperating U.S. federal agencies, has given rise the the desire to be able to share performance information across infrastructures, perhaps even commerical ones.
We have developed a tool for visualizing the infrastructure of multiple backbone providers simultaneously (Mapnet), and for updating and correcting information that may be invalid or out of date (Mapnet Update). The tool's accuracy unmitigatably relies on the cooperation of providers in keeping the information accurate. We are also developing a module that will allow one to request performance or routing information across arbitrary points of the infrastructure amenable to measurement.
See more information about Mapnet and Macroscopic Internet visualization and measurement.
|AAI||ACTS ATM Internetwork|
|CAIRN||Collaborative Advanced Interagency Research Networktd>|
|IDREN||Defense Research and Engineering Network|
|ESnet||Energy Sciences Network|
|MAGIC Network||Multidimensional Applications and Gigabit Internetwork Consortium|
|NASA Internet||National Aeronautics and Space Administration Internet|
|VBNS||Very High Speed Backbone Network Service|
|AGIS||APEX Global Internet Services|
|BBN Planet||Bolt, Beranek, and Newman Inc.|
|CompuServe||CompuServe Network Services|
|CRL||CRL Network Services|
|CWIX Cable and Wireless||Cable & Wireless Internet Exchange|
|DataXchange Network, Inc.||Data Exchange|
|GeoNet||GeoNet Communications, Inc.|
|IBM||IBm Global Network|
|IDT Corp||International Discount Telecommunications|
|iStart||iStart Internt Inc.|
|PSINet||Performace System International Network|
|Sprint||Sprint IP Services|
|TCG CERFnet Services||Teleport Communications Group CERFnet Services|
|UUNET/MFS/WorldCom||UUNET Technologies, Inc. MFS Communications/WorldCom
- Scotty - Tcl Extensions for Network Management Applications, Jurgen Schonwalder, Simple Group, University of Twente, https://www.ibr.cs.tu-bs.de/projects/scotty/
- ASExplorer tool: visualizes dynamic Internet routing behavior, including maps of Internet exchange point stability levels.
AcknowledgmentsThis material is (partially) based on work sponsored by the National Science Foundation under NSF Cooperative Agreement No. NCR-9415666.
Content last updated 17 may 2001. Questions, feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org