Generally; counters are devices that display but can also store for statistical
purposes the number of times a process or event has occurred usually over a
set period of time. there are two types of counters; an incremental counter
(a device which increases in value) also termed as an "up" counter and increases
by one in each pass, or a decremented device those that decrease in value usually
by one on each pass "down"!
So if a:
1. "up" device displayed "100" with one pass or hit it would increase to
2. "down" device displayed "100" with one pass or hit it would decrease to
And so on:
Counters where WebPages and Internet sites are concerned usually increment
in value; it is usually electronic counts that decrement, i.e. Asynchronous
(ripple), Synchronous, Decade, Up-Down, Ring and Johnson counters.
Additionally; processors have counters with interrupt and processor times per
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