PI DAY RECORD BROKEN
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 18th March 2019
Google employee broke the world record for calculating pi
Google engineer Emma Haruka Iwao has calculated pi to 31 trillion digits, breaking the world record.
Pi is an infinite number essential to engineering.
She ran her calculations over Google’s cloud service, marking another world-first.
The calculation took around four months, or 121 days.
Most people will be familiar with the first few digits of pi from geometry class (3.14…). It’s the number you get when you divide a circle’s circumference by its diameter.
Iwao – a cloud developer advocate who has been working at Google for over three years – successfully calculated pi to 31 trillion digits, beating the previous record by 9 trillion. Google announced her accomplishment on March 14, which just so happens to be pi day.
Doing so required huge amounts of data processing. Using the program y-cruncher on a Google Computer Engine cluster, she ate through 170 terabytes of data over about four months. To give a sense of scale, the BBC writes that 200,000 music tracks total just 1 terabyte.
Iwao says that this is the first time cloud computing has been used to calculate pi and break the record. 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.
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