Google employee breaks world record for calculating pi

14 March, 2019, 23:21 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Google beat the previous record by more than 9 trillion digits of the Pi value

As its value is 3.14, Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 (3/14 in the month/day format).

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

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.

Iwao and a Google team computed Pi to 31.4 trillion decimal places or Pi multiplied by 10 to the 13th power, ousting the previous record set in 2016 of 22.4 trillion digits.

On the Google Cloud blog, Google announced that it managed to calculate pi to 31.4 trillion decimal places (31,415,926,535,897) using a y-cruncher created by Alexander J. Yee.

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Emma Haruka Iwao, a Google employee, just smashed the world record of calculating pi.

Iwao's feat is the first pi record calculated on the cloud. Pi is an irrational and transcendental number and it continues infinitely without repetition or pattern. No word yet on whether she will be celebrating her achievement the American way - by eating actual pie.

As you would expect that amount of digits requires a lot of storage - she calculates she required 170 terabytes to finish the calculation. Iwao said in the announcement that's she's been fascinated with pi since she was 12- and never imagined breaking the Guinness World Record. "When I was a kid, I downloaded a program to calculate pi on my computer".

Emma and Google have shown that Google Cloud computing can be used to solve many complex mathematical problems and this is only the beginning of what is possible. Researchers who wanted to peer into a data set that large used to have to ship physical hard drives to one another, but now they can access the company's results remotely. "Hopefully we can do an even bigger computation in the future".

Running the calculation on the cloud gives the mathematically curious a major upgrade in convenience, Google said.

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