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Google worker breaks the world file for calculating the worth of pi

16 March, 2019, 12:47 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • World Record 31.4 Trillion Digits of Pi Calculated By Google Scientist

The world record for manually calculating pi is held by British mathematician William Shanks, who managed 527 digits without a computer. Emma Haruka Iwao found the new numerical value of pi with the help of the Google's cloud computing service.

"Anyone can copy the snapshots, work on the results and use the computation resources in less than an hour". Before cloud, the only feasible way to distribute such a large dataset was to ship physical hard drives.

Google announced her achievement Thursday - but Iwao has been striving toward this moment since she was 12 years old. Due to the value of Pi 3.14 it is celebrated on 14th March. "There is no end with pi, I would love to try with more digits", she said. That's 9 Trillion More than the previous record.

Emma Haruka Iwao spent four months working on the project in which she calculated pi to 31.4 trillion digits.

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As for how Iwao can celebrate her big moment, let's hope that she does what the rest of the world should be doing to celebrate the glorious holiday: eat some actual pie. Iwao's calculation required 170 terabytes of data to complete, which is approximately equivalent to all the Library of Congress print collections' data.

An application called y-cruncher was used to calculate pi, the same used by the previous record holders since 2010, but this is the first time that cloud computing was used. "But now that it's been calculated with the cloud, the sky's the limit", a Google spokesperson said. If it did, it would have disrupted the calculation. Emma said, 'I am very surprised. Another part of the Cloud is the sharing and Google have published the computed disks in their entirety as disk sets- if you want to have a look yourself and check it's correct you can grab them here.

Her milestone was certified by Guinness World Records on Wednesday, making her the third woman to set a world record for calculating the number.

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