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What if your network traffic was a video game?

You know how in cheesy science fiction movies they always have crazy graphical representations for data. Like if the lead character is hacking into a database, he's never writing text on a screen. Instead, he navigates an avatar through a 3D landscape that looks uncannily like the building he's sitting in.

Well, it turns out that when you do represent data visually, it can look pretty cool.

NetQoS has developed a program called Netcosm that monitors network traffic and turns it into pretty pictures like the one you see above. Each icon represents data flowing between hosts. It's size, shape, speed, and color are all determined by the type of data included in the packet.

Right now, Netcosm is just a demonstration. There are no plans for a public release.

[via TechCrunch]

Tags: network traffic, NetworkTraffic, visualization