Google is celebrating Pi Day, the annual observation of the mathematical constant π, in a big way. The search giant, using the power of its cloud infrastructure, has set a new record for the most accurate value of pi.
From September to January, Emma Haruka Iwao, a developer advocate for Google Cloud, ran a computation of Pi to 31.4 trillion decimal places—31,415,926,535,897 to be exact, or π * 10^13. The feat was achieved using a Google Compute Engine virtual machine cluster to run the Pi benchmark program y-cruncher.
Interestingly enough, the computation resulted in a total of 10 PB of reads and 9 PB of writes – the latter being enough to destroy the average consumer solid state drives roughly 10 times.
Iwao’s calculation set a new Guinness World Record. It’s nearly nine trillion digits more than the previous world record set by Peter Trueb in November 2016.
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