Newton Graph Library

Newton Graph Library

Newton Graph Library

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This repository contains learning and prototype code for a high-level dashboard for architects and stakeholders. The goal is to visualize architectures in large organizations as organisms that live and breath with deployments, problems, etc. These real-time visualizations could instead reveal insights about how Conway's Law applies to the organization.

Example Graphs

The following show two different renders from the same demo data set:

D3.js Engine Webcola Engine
Example Graph with d3.js Layout Engine Example Graph with webcola Layout Engine
d3-force creates a "harmonious" distribution of nodes cola.js can create directional graphs

Highlight Relationships with Colors

In both examples above, the "Documents Service" is the highlighted node. The colors indicate a relationship to this node:

Color Relationship Description
Green In this example, the node had a status of up, so it is still green.
Red is-source These nodes directly depend on "Documents Service".
Orange is-deep-source These nodes do not directly require "Documents Service", but may still be impacted.
Yellow is-target These nodes do not require "Documents Service", but may still be effected, e.g. decrease in incoming traffic.
Faded Out has-no-relationship No releationship to highlighted node.

For more information view API Documentation →

Network - Data Wrapper

A Network is essentially a data wrapper. Its biggest advantage is that it dynamically calculating links between nodes, based on a unique identifier uid, instead of array indexes.

Here is an example data set from the demo:

const data = {
	nodes: [
		{ id: 'w', label: 'Web Frontend' },
		{ id: 'm', label: 'Mobile Device' },
		{ id: 'b', label: 'Monolith Backend' },
		{ id: 'd', label: 'Database' },
	links: [
		{ source: 'w', target: 'b' },
		{ source: 'm', target: 'b' },
		{ source: 'b', target: 'd' }

Graph - Visualization

While Network handles the data, Graph handles the visualizations, including layout, animations, etc.

const network = new Network(data.nodes, data.links)
const graph = new Graph({
	width: window.innerWidth,
	height: window.innerHeight,
	flow: 'horizontal',	
	draggable: true,
	network: network // required

graph.on('node:click', (n) => {
	graph.highlightDependencies(n, { arrows: true })


Install dependencies

First install the dependencies required:

npm install


To view the prototype in the browser, run

npm run demo:dev

which starts the webpack dev server and automatically opens http://localhost:9000 in a browser window.