Network Traffic Visualization
dcrookston at gmail.com
Wed Feb 8 14:29:54 MST 2012
I'm taking a class on data visualization. For my final project I plan
to write a piece of software that will create a visualization of
network traffic. Ideally, this will be something that's genuinely
useful to network admins. To get started, I've got a few questions:
- What problems do you have that a visualization tool could help
solve? Are they fairly concrete (i.e. "I need to monitor all traffic
to port X on machines Y-AF") or something more... heuristic (for lack
of a better word), such as keeping an eye on overall traffic trends
and using your experience in looking at the pretty pictures to spot
when something unusual is happening?
- What do you need to see in order to solve the problem(s)? Are we
talking all traffic to everything, or only packets that meet certain
criteria to a single machine?
- What workflows are currently in place to tackle the problems that
could be improved by having access to a visualization tool?
Thank you all in advance! Anything I put together will be released
free and open source. Hopefully it will also be useful.
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