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Lumeta Internet Mapping Project

In 1998, Bell Labs scientists developed the first generation of the Internet Mapping Project with the goal of acquiring Internet topological information over an extended period of time. This data has been used in the study of routing problems and changes, DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks, graph theory, and more. Lumeta spun out of Bell Labs in 2000 to help corporate and government enterprises achieve global network visibility. Lumeta maps both the entire IPv4 Internet and IPv6 Internet daily.

Lumeta IPsonar provides an Internet Mapping capability that:

  • Creates a snapshot/baseline as well as tracks nodes for global visibility into which nodes are passed through a path from one spot to another;
  • Discovers who owns the backbone routers by showing who owns the domain;
  • Identifies and distinguishes IPv4- and IPv6-capable devices;
  • Collects round trip time to find out whether connections are slow or quick; and
  • Shows where routers sit in relation to other routers.

The Lumeta Internet Mapping project can be used in a variety of different ways. The data allows for both a snapshot and view over time of the routed infrastructure of a particular geographical area, company, organization, etc. Usage examples include:

  • Highlights all the ways an organization is connected through its ISP, and the ISP’s connections several hops out, thereby discovering any unsafe connections;
  • Demonstrates path efficiency; this information can be used when deciding where to base operations or when determining how efficient a network is (as well as any risk points within the network);
  • Discovers what devices have unauthorized connectivity to and/or from the Internet in order to comply with mandates such as the US Federal Government Trusted Internet Connections initiative (TIC);
  • Displays the effect of unexpected disasters or other massive changes to the Internet; and
  • Provides a clear view of whether or not a geographical area has an open or a closed infrastructure.