Scientists Create Geometric Atlas of the Internet

A new project that compares routing in the Internet to using a hypothetical road has resulted in the creation of the first geometric ‘atlas’ of the Internet. As reported by Dr Dobbs, the Atlas of the Internet was created by computer scientists at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) at the University of California, San Diego, in a collaboration with researchers at Universitat de Barcelona in Spain and the University of Cyprus.

“In their paper Sustaining the Internet with Hyperbolic Mapping, the researchers say such a map would lead to a more robust Internet routing architecture because it simplifies path-finding throughout the network.

“‘We compare routing in the Internet today to using a hypothetical road atlas, which is really just a long encoded list of road intersections and connections that would require drivers to pore through each line to plot a course to their destination without using any geographical, or geometrical, information which helps us navigate through the space in real life,” said Krioukov, principal investigator of the project.

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