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Codin Pangell (M, 39)
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    Unveiling the "Sixth Sense"
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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    The internet is an amazing man made phenomenon that has spread across the world like a virus. I found many fascinating tools that are used to graphically map the internet. There is an amazing amount of information and data available at CAIDA (Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis). They also provide visualization tools available for download here.



    CAIDA has developed a special tool "skitter" which actively probes forward IP paths and round trip times (RTTs) from a skitter host to a specified list of destinations. They have deployed a number of monitors around the world. Each skitter monitor continuously sends probe packets to destinations in its target list. The number of times each destination is probed per day depends primarily on the the total number of destinations in the target list and, to a lesser extent, on the current global conditions of the network. They store data in individual files classified by skitter host and by day, where day is defined as 24 hour period starting from midnight UTC.


    The intrinsic relationships that the internet has created are mind blowing. With the case of "worm" viruses, these diagrams help us understand the complexity of stopping them. I found many publications by CAIDA here that describe how to stop the spread.

    Bill Cheswick and Hal Burch Map of the Internet
    This is a movie made by the Internet Mapping Project at Bell Labs/Lumeta Corporation. The visualization represents data captured by sending billions of traceroute-type packets. It is only a general topology of the major networks, and comes nowhere near actually representing the full complexity of the whole Internet. Information for their project can be found here.


    Fri, Dec 28, 2007  Permanent link
    Categories: internet, topology, science
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