Uncharted built TorFlow to portray the bidirectional movement of data through Tor relay nodes. Here, thousands of animated particles mimic live packet flow in the anonymous communication network. Historical data reveals both typical usage and changes over time due to significant events like the Arab Spring. To date, TorFlow has more than a million page views and has garnered praise from Wired and Business Insider.
We have since employed these techniques for numerous commercial monitoring applications, including supply chains and network operations. Such live visualizations make it easy to discover and plan for bandwidth constraints, unexpected movements and interruptions by outages or natural disasters.