Friday, June 03, 2005

What does the internet look like?

Digital mapping is a personal interest. I recently saw a fantastic representation of the internet as a three-dimensional globe with arcs representing connections between networks. I'm still looking for that particular image, but there's a suitable likeness below.

In the beginning, there was a single node Arpanet at UCLA (September 2, 1969):

Here's a re-colored cyberspace map published in Wired, from research done by Bill Cheswick and Hal Burch. I colored the background black on their recommendation. This tree diagram shows traceroute paths linking networks around the internet:

Global internet connections, mapped as arcs, created from research directed by Stephen Eick:


At 6/05/2005 08:34:00 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Fascinating. In the Spock sense. Coincidentally, I'm reading William Gibson's All Tomorrow's Parties right now.

At 6/07/2005 07:53:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

I hadn't heard of the book. Pretty cool.

For anyone else interested:


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