Network Traffic Visualization

Paul Seamons paul at
Wed Feb 8 15:15:41 MST 2012

Something I heard about on slashdot years ago, but started using just 

Only does apache, but if your service can spoof apache style logs you're 

(I know that doesn't help much with your final project though - but you 
can use it for ideas nonetheless)


On 02/08/2012 02:29 PM, Daniel C. wrote:
> Hey all,
> 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.
> -Dan
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