Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Google broke Pi world record, requests 31.4-trillion works of art

Pi dream: Googler sets record for most digits calculated Google’s Emma Haruka Iwao calculates most accurate value of Pi, breaks Guinness World Record
Katie Ramirez | 14 March, 2019, 23:23

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

"In the past super computer and desktop computers were used to calculate pi, and today this is the first time a cloud was calculated to beat the world record", she said.

Iwao calculated pi to 31 trillion digits (31,415,926,535,897), far outpacing the previous record of 24.6 trillion, set in 2016 by Peter Trueb.

Googler Emma Haraku Iwao took her fascination with pi all the way to 31.4 trillion digits.

She said the calculation took about 121 days to complete - with zero breaks, otherwise it would have been disrupted.

Iwao said she had help with the final calculation from Alexander Yee, who invented a program called "y-cruncher" for computing pi and other constants.

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Iwao, a computer scientist and software engineer whose official title is cloud developer advocate, used y-cruncher, a program created by US software developer Alexander J. Yee that has been used in many previous pi record breakings. In addition to reaching such a high calculation, this is also the first time the world record was broken using the cloud.

Iwao told the BBC that she's not done with pi. Pi Day 2019: Know All About the Day As Math Jokes and Funny Memes Flood Internet.

'When I was a kid, I didn't have access to supercomputers But even if you don't work for Google, you can apply for various scholarships and programs to access computing resources.

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

'I was very fortunate that there were Japanese world record holders that I could relate to myself.

The contstant is used in engineering, physics, supercomputing and space exploration - because its value can be used in calculations for waves and circles. It's an irrational number that continues infinitely without repetition. For normal calculations, only a few digits are used.

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