An Extended Platter Metaphor for Effective Reconfigurable Network Visualization

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

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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.

Item Type: Conference paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Network Visualization
Subjects: Computing methodologies > Computer graphics
Human-centered computing
Computer systems organization > Architectures > Distributed architectures
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2004
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 15:35

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