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Journey to the Center of the Internet

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Journey to the Center of the Internet

  • Jun 14, 2012
Tubes: Journey to the Center of the Internet  by Andrew Bloom is a fascinating
book which describes fully the evolution of the internet, as well as the inner workings
comprised of major data centers, data warehouses,  fiber optics cables, terminals,
routers and switches. Tubes literally goes into the internet inner workings and flips on the lights.

Bloom gets into the details of the architecture. For instance, there is a ten thousand
mile undersea cable about two thumbs wide connecting Africa to Europe.
The transpacific cables link Singapore Telecom, Swisscom, Qatar telecom and
New Zealand Telecom to mention just a few of the linkages.  These internet exchanges
transport packets of information to delivery destinations as cheaply as possible.
The scope of the internet branched out from university environments to computer companies,
law firms, manufacturers and small businesses. The author explains that the data
centers are kept cold because of the tremendous heat generated by the computer equipment.

Now, the internet connections are on multiple levels according to Bloom. Connectivity
is global; however, the infrastructure is connected locally. This architecture has created
a phenomenon called "peering".   Peering is the arrangement of traffic exchange between
Internet service providers (ISPs). Peering is more cost effective because networks
have common relationships amongst themselves due to the tremendous growth in
local traffic. Speeds have increased tremendously. For instance, a bit crosses a three
foot cube router in five nanoseconds.

Tubes: Journey to the Center of the Internet  by Andrew Bloom explains how the
internet got started and where the technology is headed. The presentation is
understandable for a general readership. A strength of the work is that readers
develop a more in depth understanding of the technological capabilities of
the internet and the infrastructure necessary to process large volumes of traffic expeditiously.

Article first published as <a href='http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-tubes-journey-to-the/'>Book Review: <i> Tubes: Journey to the Center of the Internet </i> by Andrew Bloom</a> on Blogcritics.
Journey to the Center of the Internet

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June 16, 2012
I haven't heard of this till now.
June 17, 2012
I know. That's why unemployment is still slightly over 8%. If we were really exploiting these technologies to the fullest, unemployment would be much lower than it is right now.
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