Google employee sets a World Record by calculating PI to 3.14 trillion digits
A Google employee has broken the Guinness World Record for the most digits of pi, just in time for Pi Day on March 14.
Emma Haruka Iwao used the tech giant’s massive computational infrastructure to compute the famous figure to 31.4 trillion decimal places, beating the previous record by nearly 9 trillion digits.
Pi – the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter is an irrational number, which means there is no limit to how many digits can be calculated.
The engineer stated that breaking the Pi world record has been her dream since she was a child.
“When I was a kid, I had no idea that one day I would break the world record,” she said.
“It’s more than 20 years since I first met pi.”
Calculating the digit to more decimal places is only limited by processing capacity, therefore the record will most likely be broken again in the future as technology progresses.
Pi has previously been calculated using computers and supercomputers, but Ms. Iwao’s record is the first time the world record has been broken using cloud computing technology.
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