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Layout Showing the Major ISPs: Internet Atlas Gallery

Layout Showing the Major ISPs

Bill Cheswick, Bell Labs and Hal Burch, CMU
Lucent Technologies Bell Labs Innovations
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Computer Science Dept.

URL: https://www.bell-labs.com/about/history/#gref

Frequent traceroute-style path probes are used to build a tree showing the paths to most of the nets on the Internet. Once the layout is computed, the map can be colored to show geographical clues, network capacity, or IP addresses. In this example, color distinguishes different ISPs.

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Internet Atlas Gallery

Layout Showing the Major ISPs Bill Cheswick, Bell Labs and Hal Burch, CMU Lucent Technologies Bell Labs Innovations Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Computer Science Dept. URL: https://www.bell-labs.com/about/history/#gref Visualization Thumbnail About the Visualization Visualization Techniques: (Technique1): Graph layout treats data as a physical system and finds the set of node positions that minimizes the total energy. Any two nodes that do not share an edge are connected, via infinite strings, to a spring.

Internet Atlas Gallery

Layout Showing the Major ISPs Bill Cheswick, Bell Labs and Hal Burch, CMU Lucent Technologies Bell Labs Innovations Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Computer Science Dept. URL: http://www.cs.bell-labs.com/who/ches/map/gallery/index.html Visualization Thumbnail Credits / Contact Info Authors: William R. Cheswick Hal Burch Steve Branigan Paper: "Mapping and Visualizing the Internet" Bill Cheswick, Bell Laboratories; Hal Burch, Carnegie Mellon University; Steve Branigan, Bell Laboratories. Proceedings of the USENIX Annual 2000 Technical Conference.

Internet Atlas Gallery

Layout Showing the Major ISPs Bill Cheswick, Bell Labs and Hal Burch, CMU Lucent Technologies Bell Labs Innovations Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Computer Science Dept. URL: https://www.bell-labs.com/about/history/#gref Visualization Thumbnail About the Data Data Sources: (Source1): All registered target networks from Merit's routing arbiter database at ftp://ftp.merit.edu/routing.arbiter/radb/dbase/. (Source2) Full network scan (this graph uses data from 28 June 1999). First, possible host names are generated for all possible destinations obtained from the routing arbiter database (Source1).

Internet Atlas Gallery

Layout Showing the Major ISPs Bill Cheswick, Bell Labs and Hal Burch, CMU Lucent Technologies Bell Labs Innovations Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Computer Science Dept. URL: https://www.bell-labs.com/about/history/#gref Visualization Thumbnail Evaluation Strengths: (Strength1): It is possible to see multiple groupings at the same time. (Strength2): Collected data is available for analysis over time. Issues: (Issue1): Graph shows IP path connectivity only, not actual traffic on physical links.

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