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The internet is an hourglass

A new map detailing the structure of the internet could provide valuable lessons about how best to structure future iterations of the internet.

The hourglass-shaped map shows how some elements of internet infrastructure have survived while others have become become obsolete and subsequently extinct.

The “top” of the hourglass contains client-side applications such as web browsers and email clients, infrastructure – such as optical fibre – sit at the “bottom:, and Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) is responsible for the hourglass’s central bottle-neck.

Read more at Georgia Institute of Technology

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