29 March, 2013

Anatomy of the Internet

I recently stumbled upon the phrase Autonomous System. Among other meanings, as mathematics or robotic this term also describes the hierarchical organization of the Internet and leads to a better understanding of definitions like:
A network of networks that consists of private, public, academic, business, and government networks [...], that are linked by networking technologies
Be sure to have a look at xkcd's webcomic Map of the Internet which maps the related address space in chartform.

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