At any given time, about a third of Internet users are on-line.

    User activity on the Internet has always been a very important factor to which research organizations have paid a lot of attention. The distribution of users by country, the density of connections, the time frame of the highest / lowest activity during the day are all the initial parameters on the basis of which work is carried out to optimize the loads for a particular territory. Peak loads on Internet channels are the cornerstone of the organization of IT infrastructure, without statistical data, without understanding the basic concepts of their occurrence, it is impossible to establish a truly effective model of the network.

    Thanks to the universal Internetization of the planet (the availability and cheapness of the Internet), as well as the carelessness of ordinary users, it became possible to track almost every gadget that is not protected from network attacks (whether it is a stationary / mobile PC, smartphone, tablet, game console). So, the sensational “Internet census of IPv4 2012”, which displays the activity of unprotected network devices around the world, has become an excellent, multi-layer pile of information for analysis, which still gives people room for thought.



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    In the video below of the interactive map, kindly provided by BotNet, you can see that the number of active devices for a particular territory during the day can change hundreds of times, from maximum connections in the afternoon and evening (warm tones) to a minimum in night and morning hours (cold tones ) This colorful example clearly shows the connection around the world between the time of day and user activity, and, which is typical for Europe and the USA, the differences in activity are not as significant as for all other regions of the world. At a time when Asia and Africa are fast asleep, in a similar time interval, the developed countries of the European and American continent are still in touch.

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    The form of the daily channel utilization schedules, similar to the one given above, is quite a common sight, both for a large provider and for the ordinary owner of the simplest server, sharpened for any social project, only the scale changes here. In general, as you can see, the data graph is consistent with the interactive map, repeating its life cycle every day on thousands of network infrastructure elements.



    Just as the consumption of network resources changes within one day, there are much less significant fluctuations during the week. But even such minor deviations of loads are often taken into account, making adjustments to the activities of provider companies, for a more efficient use of their equipment.

    Dry facts


    • In fact, over two decades, the Internet has made a real revolution in the world, simplifying communication and giving access to an almost unlimited source of information, as a result, about a third of the Earth’s population using the Internet is always active.
    • John Materley is a Texas researcher who created software to ping all the devices available on the network. According to the results of the all-planetary “ping attack”, he created the very exciting map presented in this material.
    • In the process of sending requests, specially developed by John's program, according to him, an interesting pattern was discovered: gadgets based on iOS and Android OS responded to a sent request always faster than ordinary routers did.
    • In order to “ping” the whole planet once, John Materley needed only 5 hours, a map was created in 12 more.
    • Black areas on the map are those territories from which there was not a single answer to pings, green areas correspond to a small number of connections, while red areas correspond to areas with a high concentration of network devices. Not surprisingly, activity was particularly high in large cities in developed countries, while backward countries were in darkness.
    • This card, according to John himself, although it reflects the general trends in the activity of network devices in the world, but it can sometimes be inaccurate, because not all gadgets connected to the network reacted to the requested ping. In a number of countries, the results could be distorted in the direction of understating active users. This could be a consequence of the use by some governments of blocking systems of incoming / outgoing traffic to the state, in particular, this could greatly affect China, where the Internet operates with the correction for the Great Firewall.


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