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Table of Contents
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19

Chapter 19:

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:


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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