Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Who ate all the π's?

Thoroughly geeky but truly subzero cool news people, a gentleman (am assuming it's a guy) by the name of Fabrice Bellard has just announced that on December 31st he created a new world record by calculating π on a single desktop computer to almost 2700 billion decimal digits.

Specifically it was 2699999990000 decimal digits, which would require about 1137 GB of storage should the number be contained in a single file. Some of the results can be seen here. The previous record of about 2577 billion decimal digits was previously published by Daisuke Takahash.

The new record took 131 days to compute.

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