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An Extended Platter Metaphor for Effective Reconfigurable Network Visualization

Blake, Edwin H (2004) An Extended Platter Metaphor for Effective Reconfigurable Network Visualization. In Proceedings Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Information Visualisation --- IV04, pages 752-757, London.

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Abstract

We adapt the Flodar [6] metaphor to visualize dynamic networks and present experimental results on the effectiveness of this approach. Dynamic reconfiguration of networks enable rapid optimization of per¬formance of a network, however, it poses several management difficulties when user intervention is required to resolve complex routing problems.
Our metaphor scales well for networks of varying size, addresses the cluttering problem seen in past metaphors and maintains the overall network context while providing additional support for navigation and interaction. We apply the metaphor to three dynamic reconfiguration management tasks and show how these tasks are visually represented with our approach.
We conducted an experiment with network administrators and researchers as subjects. A good understanding of network conditions portrayed in the metaphor was achieved within a short period.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:Network Visualization
Subjects:I Computing Methodologies: I.3 COMPUTER GRAPHICS
H Information Systems: H.5 INFORMATION INTERFACES AND PRESENTATION
C Computer Systems Organization: C.2 COMPUTER-COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
ID Code:155
Deposited By:Blake, Edwin H
Deposited On:21 October 2004