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Google Employee Smashes World Record for Calculating Pi

Google Employee Smashes World Record for Calculating Pi

The calculations took around four months (121 days) to complete and computed digits are now the published by Google Cloud as disk snapshots, which are available to anyone.

The 31.4 trillion digits have been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most accurate value of pi after breezing past the record of 22.4 trillion digits set by Peter Tueb in November 2016.

Google made the announcement on March 14 (3.14), which is known as Pi Day.

The value of pi was calculated using the y-cruncher application on 25 Google Cloud virtual machines and required a whopping 170 terabytes of data to complete.

"The biggest challenge with pi is that it requires a lot of storage and memory to calculate", Iwao said. But even if you don't work for Google, you can apply for various scholarships and programs to access computing resources.

Iwao found the digits with the help of Google Cloud in the Japanese city of Osaka, some 400km west of Tokyo, where she works as a developer and advocate.

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These are the last 97 digits of the 31,415,926,535,897 now calculated for pi. A Yahoo engineer used the company's cloud tech in 2010 to calculate the 2 quadrillionth digit of pi, but did not calculate all the numbers in between.

Emma Haruka Iwao grew up fascinated by pi.

Google announced her achievement Thursday - but Iwao has been striving toward this moment since she was 12 years old.

In mathematics pi is the ratio of a circle's radius to its circumference, has far more digits that continue infinitely without repetition.

This year marks the 31st anniversary of Pi Day, which is believed to be celebrated first by physicist Larry Shawand and his peers at the Exploratorium in San Francisco in 1988. When I was a kid, I downloaded a program to calculate pi on my computer, ' Emma said. For normal calculations, only a few digits are used.