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Visualization Study of the NSFNET
Cox, Donna; Patterson, Robert
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Project Description:
This high-definition computer animation educates general audiences about the exponential growth of networking in the US and world. A data visualization spanning a two-year period represents rapid traffic growth that exceeds ten's of billions of bytes per day.

The first image represents byte traffic into the ANS/NSFNET T3 backbone from its client networks for the month of December'94. The virtual connections, colored by traffic level, visualize traffic statistics collected by Merit Network Incorporated. The line colors represent traffic levels ranging from 0 bytes (purple) to one trillion bytes (white)

The second image is a visualization study of inbound traffic measured in billions of bytes on the NSFNET T1 backbone for September 1991. The traffic volume range is depicted from purple (zero bytes) to white (100 billion bytes).

Comments (1):
Hello - We are interested in using your graphic of the NSFNET T1 backbone for our presentation at O'Reilly Publishing's Tools of Change conference in NYC. Would this be possible? Thanks, Marianna

Posted by Marianna McCormick on Feb 6, 2008 at 8:17 PM (GMT)

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