Thursday, July 28, 2011

Inspecting the Internet Plumbing

Ever wondered how a website gets from there to here? Me too.

Especially when "there" is halfway around the world...

The Black Dot is Brooklyn (because Brooklyn is too cool for silly colors). The white dots in the upper right are a website in Italy. The other white dots are the servers in between that the website had to travel through to get to me.

The signal went from New York to New Jersey (which are so close they overlap), to California out left, and then magically to Italy.

Pay no attention to the line going straight through the Earth. I actually have no idea how the signal got from California to Italy. Must be either a satellite or an underwater cable... but an underwater cable wouldn't go direct to Italy... very curious indeed.

Also, the white dot on the lower right is an anomaly. It actually represents the IP, which is a dummy IP (which I believe is my computer talking to my router). Since it's a dummy IP, it was assigned (0,0) as a location, and so it pops up at the intersection of the Prime Meridian and the Equator.

Other points of note are Greenwich, England (green dot on the Prime Meridian), and the Magnetic North Pole (yellow dot on the yellow meridian). The rest are cities around the world.

At some point I will have to figure out how to add continents and draw arcs around the world rather than tunnel straight through it... however convenient that might be. For some reason my problems keep coming back to moving things around spheres...