15.3.19

Google employee beats world record for calculating decimals of Pi

31 415 926 535 897 decimals, this is now the new world record for Pi and it was reached by a Google employee.


You may not know it, but the 14th of March is the day of the Pi. In English, it is written 3/14 and as we were told in school, this figure corresponds to the first decimals of Pi (3 , 14). And of course, there are still others, if not many. So far, the highest number of verified decimal places is 22,459,157,718,361 and it was reached in 2016. But now, this is no longer the record since it has just been beaten by Emma's Haruka Iwao, a Google employee.

31 trillion decimal places: the new Pi record!
The Google engineer has managed to improve the level of precision of the calculation of Pi. It has indeed raised to a total of 31,415,926,535,897, which brings us to just over 31 trillion digits. Emma Haruka Iwao worked hard to achieve this result. The Mountain View engineering company says it has spent several months working and using 25 machines from the Google Compute Engine infrastructure (y-cruncher program) to reach this record. In total, it took 121 days to complete the calculation and obtain this result.


This incredible number of Pi decimals could pave the way for many opportunities. But for the moment, its use is very limited. Indeed, we can not target them to really concrete applications. For information, NASA is limited to 40 decimals for its most complex calculations.

What do you think of this new record? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments.

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