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Picture of the Internet


What does the Internet look like? The network of networks got a "visual," thanks to the study by researchers at the Bar Ilan University, Israel. The study maps the Net as an orb of intertwined nodes where each node represents a computer network or an ISP. The full study is published in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Structure of the Internet reveals a "dense core of 80 or so critical nodes surrounded by an outer shell of 5,000 sparsely connected, isolated nodes that are very much dependent upon this core. Separating the core from the outer shell are approximately 15,000 peer-connected and self-sufficient nodes" (read the full article at Technology Review).

An interesting point to note from the study is that 70% of the "outer-shell" nodes remain connected even if all the core critical nodes are removed, all owing to the power of peer-to-peer networks. The study was conducted over a period of two years, with help of about 5,000 volunteers.

Another innovation employed was assessing the importance of a node on the basis of how well it was connected to other better connected nodes. (Google's PageRank anyone?)

Apart from contributing to better mapping of the Internet, for all folks out there who always wanted to "see" what the Internet was all about.... you have your pictures!

6 comments
BALTHOR
BALTHOR

The Internet in America is Federal and global it's the United Nations.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

You're the same twit who repeatedly insisted the Daylight Saving Time schedule change wouldn't happen because it would cause global destruction. Say, changed your clocks YET? If this article is fraud, why don't you post links to articles showing the Internet is run by the Feds and the U.N.? More to the point, what does who runs it have to do with virtualized map of it? Is a graphic any less valid because of ownership? Oh, wait; that would require you to return to a topic and defend your position. You're a seagull, dude. You fly in, squawk a lot, and leave nothing behind but crap. I can't wait for the Milwaukee schools start back up. Then we'll only have to put up with you when you get home in the afternoon. I know you can't be using a computer at school; the pasty-face Chess Club geeks won't let you in the lab. Maybe Mom and Dad will take your computer privileges away when they find your collection of Sears lingerie ads. Okay, I fed the troll. I've taken my helmet off and am ready for my b!tch slap now. Make it a good one. I've earned it.

NOW LEFT TR
NOW LEFT TR

"collection of Sears lingerie ads" That is not something one can just make up at the time of posting - it must have a background...somewhere? Consider that the slap!

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

... and, let me add another X stamp to your helmet; Ok, here, you can have the stick back now. I don't usually grab it out of someone else's hands but it just looked like so much fun.

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

years ago sprint published a poster. When I get home I'll post the URL. Think it was free in some network magazine. The map was a giant circle with critical nodes around the edge. Lines drawn thru the center showed all connections between the nodes. And because of the shape it made, I've had it up in the kitchen for years over my fuse box. My gal friend hasn't made me take it down yet. Woops, fiance... Anyway, the pattern of lines makes it look like a giant burd flapping its wings. Maybe with its burdbrain.com, it'll peck back at Balthor, and it does seem to be leaving fragrant droppings on repressive regimes! :)