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Network visualization : a review

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posted on 05.11.2008, 16:21 authored by Mark S. Withall, Iain PhillipsIain Phillips, David Parish
As communication networks increase in performance and complexity, and more de- pendence is placed upon them, it becomes ever more important that their behaviour is understood in an efficient and timely manner. Visualisation is an established tech- nique for the presentation of the vast volume of data yielded in monitoring such networks. It is apparent, however, that much of the work in this area has been per- formed in isolation, and it is timely that a review of this research is conducted. This paper surveys the techniques for the visualisation of communication networks and re- lated measurements. The research is classified by the type of visualisation used, and is separated into three classes: geographic visualisations, where the data is presented with respect to the physical location of nodes in the network; abstract topological visualisations, where the relationships between nodes are presented independently of physical location; and plot-based visualisation, where the focus is a single point in the network, often presented with respect to time. The research in this area is reviewed and the techniques proposed are discussed in terms of the three classes.

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WITHALL, M., PHILLIPS, I. and PARISH, D., 2007. Network visualization : a review. IET Communications, 1 (3), pp. 365-372 [doi:10.1049/iet-com:20060169]

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© Institution of Engineering and Technology

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2007

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This article was published in the journal, IET Communications [© Institution of Engineering and Technology] and the definitive version is available at: http://www.ietdl.org/IET-COM

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1751-8628;1751-8636

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