The Internet Computer network scales its capacity by forming new subnet blockchains, which Chain Key cryptography combines into a single blockchain, called the Internet Computer. As dapps, open internet services, DeFi, pan-industry platforms, and secure enterprise systems scale, the Network Nervous System (NNS), an an open algorithmic governance system that oversees the network, onboards new node providers and/or expands capacity from existing node providers.
Interested third-parties can become a node provider by indicating interest with the Internet Computer Association (ICA).
Since Genesis launch, on May 10, 2021, the Internet Computer’s infrastructure footprint is scaling up to 1,300 nodes. Moreover, after reaching its Genesis target of 1,300 nodes, the network is scheduled to induct 4,300 nodes by the end of the year, and eventually millions of nodes in the coming decade.
Once the NNS scales its capacity by forming new subnet blockchains, new nodes will be scheduled for onboarding.