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Network visualisation: a review

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3 Author(s)
M. Withall ; Dept. of Electron. & Electr. Eng., Loughborough Univ. ; I. Phillips ; D. Parish

As communication networks increase in performance and complexity, and more dependence is placed upon them, it becomes ever more important that their behaviour is understood in an efficient and timely manner. Visualisation is an established technique 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 performed in isolation, and it is timely that a review of this research is conducted. The techniques for the visualisation of communication networks and related measurements are surveyed. The research is classified by the type of visualisation used and is separated into three classes: geographic visualisations, in which the data are presented with respect to the physical location of nodes in the network; abstract topological visualisations, in which the relationships between nodes are presented independently of physical location; and plot-based visualisation, in which 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 these three classes

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IET Communications  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 3 )