Fractal Internet Map

This video clip shows an animation created from maps of the internet made by opte.org. The images were created by tracing the route packets follow from one computer to every other computer or server.

This image is an example of one of the internet maps used in the video. This map was created in 2005, the most recent example of a complete internet map that I could find.

 

If you open the full image and zoom in on any specific part, the fractal nature becomes evident.  It it possible to see a series of branching formations, which repeatedly spit off into smaller and smaller edges.  Bright clusters and points with many lines originating at them represent ISPs or DNS servers which redirect users to destination sites.

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