This single still is from the widescreen version of ?Beyond?, one of the Animatrix animated shorts. It has been considerably scaled back from the original material.
This image is about mapping, and more specifically how to preserve all necessary high level information in a virtual environment, in a cut down form, to allow easy oversight.
This is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of large worlds ? some means of visually allowing the administrators to scan for problems as and when they develop. Not having all the information of the master simulation, but able to deal with and feed back aggregate data collected by sub-systems in different areas.
Such control systems will become ever more vital as the world complexity continues to increase.
Link: Animatrix: Beyond