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a chart of the IP address space "on a plane", using fractal mapping which preserves grouping (any string of IPs will translate to a single compact region on the map). each of the 256 numbered blocks represents one 8th subnet (containing all IPs that start with that number).

see also internet mapping & internet backbone map.

not sure whether this is a "webcomic" or a real infographic?

[link: xkcd.com]




It's a real map, based on real data. The artist has more information about it in his blog.

Tue 12 Dec 2006 at 4:49 AM

thank you for the additional information, Seth!

Tue 12 Dec 2006 at 7:24 AM

Brian Cort did a very similar media art piece named IPSpace, though not drawn as nicely by hand. I couldn't find any information on it online, other than on slide 40 of the introduction slides for this year's InfoVis art exhibit (PPT file). I thought at first that this was based on Cort's work, but it was apparently done independently.

Tue 12 Dec 2006 at 8:05 AM

notice how "Apple" has as much space as "Japan"? (It's true, it does)

Wed 13 Dec 2006 at 4:55 AM

I subscribe to both this blog and the xkcd feed and when I first saw this in the xkcd feed, I actually thought I was looking at the information aesthetics feed. :)

Thu 14 Dec 2006 at 10:06 AM
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