International computer boffins are warning that the internet may "collapse" at some point within the next decade. They propose the use of a new routing method based on hyperbolic geometry, and have devised what they call a "hyperbolic atlas" of the entire net to aid in this plan. Hyperbolic map of the internet. Credit: Nature …
I assume this means that ....
... any references to the imminent melt down of the internet will be pure hyperbole
I love it
Internet routing based on hyperbole. Traffic routed according to priority:
2. The life of everyone in my town depends on it
3. The life of everyone on earth depends on it
4. The universe will plunge into a huge blackhole if not delivered.
Works for me.
Rough translation of the article in Phys Rev E.
Some parts of the Internet are very highly connected, and some not so much. If you want to get from one badly connected place to another, you probably have to through one of the very connected nodes. This makes the distance function on the network look hyperbolic. (This sounds reasonable.)
You can make routing easier on the Internet by knowing this, and so only looking for hyperbolic paths (or geodesics) when trying to get from one place of another. All seems pretty fine by me!
Negatively Curved Hyperbolic Space Mapping...
After reading that particular phrase, I've come to the conclusion the only thing left is to start the weekend early...
If the routing map of the internet becomes anything similar to a sphere, be sure Google will be trying to stay on the center of said sphere, figuratively speaking.
Or actually, who knows.
Who else would volunteer to pile in the billions of pounds this project will inevitably cost?
Google own a massive amount of servers and i'm sure they would like the title of internet watcher-over-er, who wouldn't?
Black holes in the internet??
So the LHC was a waste of money after all....
RE: Black holes in the Internet??
AFAIAC, the LHC can swallow up all of the spammers, identity thieves and bot herders in the world. The Internet would be a better place if it did!
I see no reason why certain portions of the global IP address space don't get routed to `/dev/hell`.
Is that initial quote in para 2 right? A topographical map does take account of geometric coordinates, a *topological* one doesn't.
No surprises abound.
Networks support almost no-one. Static addressing needs simple architectures. Nevertheless, shockingly and notwithstanding such advances, nobody sees a node system application here.
This idea has zero chance of being implemented I suspect.
Closes neighbour geographically is an almost meaningless metric, since there are so many ways two routers could be connected, different loads, etc.
What you need is closest by latency, which the existing least cost routing protocols do extremely well. It only looks chaotic to our eyes because we can't take into account all the variables.
Routing table size is a problem (there are solutions, and ipv6 helps a bit) but the internet won't 'collapse' just routers will get bigger/faster.. just like everything else.
Collapse of the internet?
It's just hyperbole.
who deserves the credit ?
For hyperbolic geometry ? Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky ! and a song:
Don't think he has the singing voice tho..
Let me get this straight
Boffins predict major disaster that can only averted because they have "a cunning plan" - they should sell the movie rights and leave the internet to cope on its own (as it will)
"... and leave the internet to cope on its own (as it will)"
Scary. I thought us humans had at least some minor involvement.
No, really, it won't.
No, the internet will not 'cope on its own'. It's not some magic sentient self-repairing entity. It's a collection of routing protocols, written by...wait for it...'boffins'. The internet copes because lots of clever boffins wrote lots of clever routing protocols. If it does cope for a lot longer, it'll be because more clever boffins write more clever routing protocols. Said boffins often work at big universities and write papers much like this one for those of us who don't really understand the science to snipe at. Then other boffins go away and implement their ideas and we all get an awesome system on which we can write our clever sarcastic snipe-y comments. Honestly, if I were a boffin I'd wonder why I bother.
Oh the irony
Caída means "fall" in Spanish; and it is usually used to refer to system outages. "Se cayó mi internet" (my internet went down), "se cayó el servidor" (the sever went down), "el sistema está caído" (the system is down) ... it does bring some chuckles to read that acronym.
About the hyperbolic routing ... all this time I thought that the real problem with the internet was the lack of redundant links, such that a boat slashing an underwater fiber cable will leave a whole continent offline. Whoops!
Black holes can be the size of a PC to the size of a continent, may affect some services or all. It is resilience and redundancy which matter most and perhaps service centre location when service may be provided from distant regions. There are a whole load of 'weakest links' on the internet where single point failure plunges people into complete darkness.
The further one gets from the backbone the less believable claims that the internet is a resilient self-repairing entity become.
Figure 1 is funny in a creepy M.C. Escheresque way.
Internet routing is not based on topographical maps, maybe they should read up on BGP? And who are these nameless "Internet experts"?
Nearest Neighbour isn't the optimal solution for routing - it's almost always the least optimal unless it gets lucky. Open Shortest Path First is far better. Probably why they use it.
That's why both BGP and OSPF have parameters that indicate the speed of the links. Which is why your point-to-point 128k frame relay circuit only transmits link-state advertisements while the OC-192 links to the next state/country/continent get used.
Do either OSPFv3 or BGP have fields that represent the link's actual utilization? Or is this why MPLS reservations are required?
Maybe you should read up on Internet routing. Nobody uses OSPF on the "Internet". SPF algorithms can give you best-latency routing, but they scale very badly.
And maybe you should read the paper. They do try to explain why a "nearest neighbor" routing scheme could be a good idea.
It has not met any serious criticism on NANOG-ML, on the contrary:
That's it then.
We're doomed. When the Hyperbole Entropy currently centered in Washington DC (it's an election year) is unleashed on the Hyperbolic Map it's bound to cause a big mess.
I don't know whether the explosion or the implosion will get me first, but I'm sure glad I don't have to clean up.
Mine's the one with the Illuminated Manuscript I'll be transcribing in the pocket ...
..sounds like a bunch of hyperbole to me.
Well but with IPv6
With IPv6 we will have a lot less route fragmentation.
Looks like a scam to me....
"can be read free here": no, it can't.
Sure you're clicking the right link?
One article isn't free, the other is.
I know, I just read a bit of it. I wonder how many people get more than a couple of pages down...
Now it works, on friday it didn't.
(the second link)
My comment is dated 13th presumably because that's when it was approved.
Big bang and eventual collapse
Similarities with the universe?
This is based on the assumption that it will go on increasing forever, rather like the differing views of our universe, it may reach a point where it stops increasing then starts shrinking again.
Should we not be looking for the next big thing that will replace the interweb thingy, so this problem goes away?
mine's the white coat with the large telescope in the pocket...
I may be drunk but from my poor and unenlightened understanding of how the internet thingy works, this sounds all like a pile of ballocks.
No, really, do these guys actually have any concept of routing or how the internet works? I'm pretty sure the interwebnetthingy can grow and grow with its current model and survive just nice and dandy.
Thje Internet can "grow and grow"?
<-- Cargo Cult Science is that way
tree falling in the woods
OK so a couple of guys measure the reachability of internet endpoints from other endpoints. If some obscure site becomes unreachable it ticks their black-hole count but most of the internet doesn't even notice.
I'd speculate that traffic within a country can be routable and most of the traffic is self-contained within said country. Only when you have to start crossing the boundaries does it get complicated. But then how many people in the US (as an example) would notice if something in Lower East Anywhere (pick a country, any one of them) fell over? Not many.
Just saying, but...
I've been hearing this one since middle school, well over 10 years ago. That doesn't mean it's not true now, but it's not like they were right back then.
"parts of the Internet become intermittently unreachable"
They say that like it's a bad thing?
"Google will be trying to stay on the center of said sphere"
either that or a burning TARDIS.
I know which I'd prefer.
(P.S. Any chance of seeing that 'hyperbolic map' being carried through space on the backs of, say, four enormous elephants standing on a turtle?)
We just need...
A big red splodge in the middle.
Setting things straight
First : I have no doubt that there are very intelligent people who are indeed capable of pinpointing an operational issue in the functioning of the Internet. As such, given that these people know what they are talking about, there is bound to be a certain amount of problems that can arise in our daily use of this increasingly-indispensable tool.
Second : Given the amount of money generated by the Internet in all of its commercial activity and interests, I have no doubt either that this issue will be solved in one way or another without impacting my browser in any way.
Third : this is already not the first time an Internet meltdown has been forecast and, gosh, it's still there isn't it ?
Conclusion : this is not an issue for us normal people - alert condition martini dry, thank you for your attention.
my considered opinion is....
it's hyper bollocks. They've come up with a new whine because we still haven' run out of ipv4 addresses and nobody really listens to them any more.
tossing into a black hole
I can think of quite a few, very large, sites that I would happily see thrown into a black hole, never to return, if it means the rest of the interwebs will be saved...
I nominate E-Bay, it's not been useful for a long time. Problem solved, where's my cheque?
Paris, because, well, just refer to title!
I came up with this ages ago, although I was thinking of it for the reasons to avoid using a fixed link to our ISP (as it's unreliable, single point of failure and single point of monitoring/snooping) so our home routers can route via other wireless routers in range (on a separate secure channel)
My gob's flapping at the number of comments above appearing to demonstrate clue on the theoretical and practical aspects of Internet routing. Where's manfrommars? Where are the people ridiculing engineers and academics and others who may know whereof they speak? *shakes head sadly* El Reg used to be much funnier than it is nowadays.
Why have they singled out Poland??
A new technique, the need for which is driven by hype and bollocks.
There's an even simpler solution...
Block YouTube and a few of the 'Free Erotic Chat' sites.
That'll lower the traffic enough that there's no problem anymore.
And if that's not enough, take out a few torrent sites and p2p networks.
surely all net data
must pass through the bottlenecks of Maryland or Gloucestershire, can't they just install wider bandwidth DPI systems to improve our latency?
(reminds me of the plan to install a xxxxx-xxxxx system in xxxxx as far back as the nineteen-nineties, it 'stupidly' had to xxxx at xxxxxxx instead of the more obvious direct route to xxxxxxx)
Seems VoIP centric to me.
I guess it depends heavily on the type of traffic, many of the major aggregators here appear to be voice carriers, thus the graph if biased towards VoIP traffic. Pobbily because that's who requested / paid for the analysis?
"Death of Internet: Film at 11"
*yawn* I've heard this story so many times. Oh, but wait, there's a new word: 'hyperbolic'. Oh, that's all right then. Back to sleep.