What does the Internet look like?
June 7th, 2007

What does the Internet look like? A free new Web service from Akamai Technologies Inc. offers a peek, providing a sort of Internet weather report on global traffic tie-ups, cyberattacks and spikes in activity. From the Associated Press.

Akamai, which says it delivers 15 to 20 percent of Internet traffic on any given day, hopes its new Web site helps not only the techies it counts as clients, but also the general public.

If your Internet connection is slower than usual, Akamai’s tool can show whether traffic is clogged overall in your city. (If not, your Internet service provider might be to blame.) Or you might just want a way to visualize the global ebb and flow of the Internet.

“We originally built this feature as a tool for our customers, but once it was built it seemed like a fun thing to put out there to the public,” said Tom Leighton, Akamai’s chief scientist.

The service — check out http://tinyurl.com/yooz96 — reveals some of the data that engineers at Akamai’s Cambridge headquarters rely on to monitor and troubleshoot global server networks and ensure information flows over the most efficient paths.

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