What Does the Internet Look Like?

Published: October 5, 2002
Updated: October 5, 2002

What Does the Internet Look Like?

It is less random than people thought

FEW questions are simultaneously so baffling and so significant as: ?what is the structure of the Internet?? Baffling, because the thing has grown without any planning or central organisation. Significant, because knowing how the routing computers that are the net’s physical embodiment are interconnected is vital if it is to be used properly. At the latest count, there were 228,265 of these routers around the world. They direct the packets of data that make up Internet traffic.

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