By: MarkJ - 13 September, 2010 (12:40 AM)
hyperbolic internet mapRUN FOR YOUR LIVES shocked! A team of scientists working at the Universities of California, Barcelona and Cyprus has warned that "parts of the Internet have started sinking into black holes"; loosely defined by Einstines General Relativity theory as a region of space from which nothing, not even light, can escape! Never fear though, Hyperbolic Mapping could save us.

Yes readers, if Monday's, trying to get the right consistency of milk in your coffee and fears over IPv4 shortages weren't already bad enough, we also have the latest internet scare story to worry about. Luckily fears that a black hole might be consuming the internet are somewhat overblown and merely refer to the fact that its getting a little stressed in its old age.

The aforementioned team claims (Scientific Paper) that the rapidly growing overheads associated with the primary function of the Internet [ED: Porn?] — routing information packets between any two computers in the world — causes concerns among Internet experts that the existing routing architecture may not sustain even another decade.

Marián Boguñá, Fragkiskos Papadopoulos and Dmitri Krioukov said:

"The constantly increasing size and dynamics of the Internet thus leads to immense and quickly growing routing overheads, causing concerns among Internet experts that the existing Internet routing architecture may not sustain even another decade; parts of the Internet have started sinking into black holes already."

In fairness the paper itself is quite interesting, assuming you can understand more than a few words of it, although we do tend to hear scare stories like this at least once every year and to date the internet has yet to explode, implode, crash, be hacked by the bad guys from Die Hard 4, taken over by Skynet (Terminator) or end up sucked into a mythical black hole at its core.

Anyway, according to Wikipedia, which is never ever wrong cheese, in mathematics a hyperbola is a curve, specifically a smooth curve that lies in a plane, which can be defined either by its geometric properties or by the kinds of equations for which it is the solution set. Ok then.

To cut a long story short. The team created a map of the real Internet in a hyperbolic space, which found that internet routing was pretty bad and could be significantly improved, thus reducing the chance of black hole consumption. Good, nice work.
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asa logoMatt - XILO
Posted: 13 September, 2010 - 1:10 AM
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Do you mean IPv4 shortages instead of IPv6 ;) I'm sure there is lots of spare IPv6 space currently!

Matt
asa logoMarkJ
Posted: 13 September, 2010 - 6:34 AM
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Indeed I did cheese.
asa logoboggits
Posted: 13 September, 2010 - 9:23 AM
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Nice piece of analysis of the internet, shame they forgot about the political and commercial relationships between networks than can cause this 'bad' routing...

2002: Peering Dispute With AOL Slows Cogent Customer Access - http://bit.ly/aFfb9t
2005: France Telecom severs all network links to competitor Cogent - http://bit.ly/cow9ez
2005: Cogent, Level 3 In Standoff Over Internet Access - http://bit.ly/ccGd5j
2007: Rough Day/Week at Cogent Parts 1 and 2 - Cogent Depeers Someone?/Backbone Troubles - http://bit.ly/9COgyg
2008: The Telia-Cogent Spat Could Ruin the Web For Many - http://bit.ly/a2Ln1
2008: Cogent, Sprint Disconnect Networks, May Cause Web Slowdown - http://bit.ly/daK2KK



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