Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Internet Then And Now

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand routers.
internet traffic
The Wall Street Journal has a story The Internet: Then And Now

The two images above are maps of the Internet, specifically the “routers” – equipment that passes data to its intended destination – and the paths between them.

The map on the left was made 10 years ago, and shows about 88,000 routers. The one on the right was made a couple of months ago. This time Lumeta mapped over 450,000 routers.

The upshot is that it’s now a lot more efficient to send data around the world.

The telecommunications companies and other organizations that operate the insides of the Internet have added so much equipment that there are now five times as many roads and ramps as there were a decade ago.

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