Amazing map of the internet from PEER 1 Hosting

theinternetThe Marketing Communication team at PEER 1 Hosting has pulled together a project to create a Map of the Internet based on real data available at CAIDA.

Map of the Internet – Project Background

Raj Sodhi (VP Marketing at PEER 1 Hosting told me, “Five months ago, I was having a conversation with Jose Santos, who brought up the idea of giving customers something geeky, like a poster that showed a “map of the Internet”. Huh? I found this audacious, incredibly intriguing and very, very geeky. We did some research and found that no one has yet created a really well thought out interpretation of the Internet based on real data that was also visually compelling, something you would want to hang up on your wall (with our logo branded on it). We decided that if we were to do this, it would have to be rooted in real data, be informative, unbiased to PEER 1 Hosting, and used mathematical computations of the data to have any real geek-cred. The end result would be incredibly intricate, detailed and hopefully compelling. Kyle and Victor sourced a talented infographic designer by the name of Jeff Johnston to help make this project a reality.”


Non-Geek Version – The Map of the Internet is a visual representation of all the networks around the world that are interconnected to form the Internet as we know it today. These include small and large Internet service providers (ISPs), Internet exchange points, university networks, and organization networks such as Facebook and Google. The size of the nodes and the thickness of the lines speak to the size of those particular providers and the network connections in relation to one another.

Geek Version – You’re looking at all the autonomous systems that make up the Internet. Each autonomous system is a network operated by a single organization, and has routing connections to some number of neighbouring autonomous systems. The image depicts a graph of 19,869 autonomous system nodes, joined by 44,344 connections. The sizing and layout of the autonomous systems are based on their eigenvector centrality, which is a measure of how central to the network each autonomous system is: an autonomous system is central if it is connected to other autonomous systems that are central. This is the same graph-theoretical concept that forms the basis of Google’s PageRank algorithm.

The Map of the Internet image layout begins with the most central nodes and proceeds to the least, positioning them on a grid that subdivides after each order of magnitude of centrality. Within the constraints of the current subdivision level, nodes are placed as near as possible to previously-placed nodes that they are connected to.

Is PEER 1 Hosting on the Map?

It is indeed, PEER 1 Hosting’s internally fully managed network is on the Map of The Internet, grid position N10.

Free Map of The Internet Downloads


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