An Integrated Model of Traffic, Geography and Economy in the Internet

AuthorsPetter Holme
Josh Karlin
Stephanie Forrest


Modeling Internet growth is important both for understanding the current network and to predict and improve its future. To date, Internet models have typically attempted to explain a subset of the following characteristics: network structure, traffic flow, geography, and economy. In this paper we present a discrete, agent-based model, that integrates all of them. We show that the model generates networks with topologies, dynamics, and (more speculatively) spatial distributions that are similar to the Internet.

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