
Computing power does not
tend to grow in a linear fashion each year as in 10, 20, 30 and so forth.
Instead, change tends to happen in an exponential fashion. What this
means is that instead of adding the number ten from one year to the
next, we multiply
by ten.
The growth of the Internet also exhibits this exponential growth.
The best way to graph this type of change is by using a log
scale, which means we put an extra zero every tick mark.
Below note the graph of the number of computers ("hosts") attached to the
Internet:
Activities
Looking at the graph,
how many computers would you forecast would be connected to the Internet
in
three years? In six?
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