Towards an interactive visualization of the Internet

Speaker : Maxime Mouchet
Sorbonne Université
Date: 13/04/2022
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: LINCS + Zoom


All kinds of Internet maps have been produced to emphasize various features of the network such as undersea cables [1], relationships between autonomous systems [2] or the use of the IPv4 address space [3]. The Opte Project [4], started in 2003, uses the Large Graph Layout algorithm [5] to visualize paths between autonomous systems and the evolution of the Internet over time. This project has been widely successful in communicating the nature of the Internet towards the world, including a map on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In this presentation we will revisit The Opte Project with 1) much more comprehensive measurements of the Internet topology than previously available and 2) the use of web cartography tools to build interactive maps. We will demonstrate such an interactive map, and discuss how these maps can be useful for research but also for communicating the nature of the Internet to non-specialists.
[5] Adai, Alex T., et al. “LGL: creating a map of protein function with an algorithm for visualizing very large biological networks.” Journal of molecular biology 340.1 (2004): 179-190.