Graphs at Scale, Titan-Rexster: Gephi Visualization Options

Following up on my post yesterday, I have also been looking at graphs the other way - from a scalable database to a manageable graph involving e.g. just one segment.

There are currently two ways to do this:

1) Export the graph, and 2) streaming the graph from and to the graph database. The first option is obviously the simple one, but doesn't always make up for our needs. The latter option is often the case when you work multiple analysts at the same graph.

Option 1: Exporting the Graph

To achieve the first you can use the GraphML save function of Gremlin.

conf = new BaseConfiguration();
conf.setProperty("storage.backend","hbase");
conf.setProperty("storage.hostname","sandbox.hortonworks.com");
conf.setProperty("storage.port","2181");
g = TitanFactory.open(conf);
g.saveGraphML('test.graphml')

This graph can again be opened in tools such as Gephi.

You can also use the Gephi database API plugin for Rexster. There's a Blueprints repo here which extends that. Short how-to on how to get going with the Gephi development environment, from the wiki-pages of the plugin:

  1. Get plugins from here, and here
  2. Open Gephi, go to Tools > Plugins > Downloaded > "Add Plugins..."
  3. Press install and follow the guidance, at the end you should restart Gephi
  4. Go to File > Import Database
  5. Add the Rexster configuration to /etc/graph/rexster.xml (if when importing the database issues arises, look here)

rexster.xml should look like this:

<graph>
    <graph-name>RexterGraph</graph-name>
    <graph-type>com.tinkerpop.rexster.config.RexsterGraphGraphConfiguration</graph-type>
    <graph-buffer-size>100</graph-buffer-size>
    <graph-location>http://192.168.109.128:8182/graphs/titan</graph-location>
</graph>

You should be left with something like this for instance in Gephi:

A Rexster Graph Import to Gephi, from a Titan database. The graph consists of a variety of segments, such as articles from a article-system and imported Maltego graphs

A Rexster Graph Import to Gephi, from a Titan database. The graph consists of a variety of segments, such as articles, imported Maltego graphs and such.

A Rexster Graph Import to Gephi, from a Titan database. The graph consists of a variety of segments, such as articles from a article-system and imported Maltego graphs

Here's the cluster on the right there by the way. There's some interesting patterns inside there it seems, so I suspect it's from a Maltego graph:

Option 2: The Gephi Streaming API

For the other option I found the Gephi graph streaming API. This one I currently found a little limited in that it can only provide collaboration between two Gephi instances using a Jetty web-server. It's pretty cool, but doesn't offer the integration I am looking for. I'll get back to this later.

Tommy

Tommy is an analyst and incident handler with more than seven years of experience from the government and private industry. He holds an M.Sc. in Digital Forensics and a B.Tech. in information security