Google Celebrates Pi Day As Employee Calculates New World Record

Google Celebrates Pi Day As Employee Calculates New World Record

The calculations took around four months (121 days) to complete and computed digits are now the published by Google Cloud as disk snapshots, which are available to anyone.

Her milestone is certified by Guinness World Records, making Iwao the third woman to set a world record for determining the number that continues infinitely without repetition.

Google is celebrating Pi Day, the annual observation of the mathematical constant π, in a big way.

The previous world record was for 22 trillion digits by Peter Trueb, using a program called Y Cruncher that was also used by multiple former world record holders. "But now that it's been calculated with the cloud, the sky's the limit", a Google spokesperson said.

How has Google used Pi Day to break a Guinness World Record?

These are the last 97 digits of the 31,415,926,535,897 now calculated for pi. She first downloaded the software to calculate Pi at the age of 12 on her home computer. It is defined as the ratio of a circumference of a circle to its diameter.

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Iwao did her number crunching primarily from Google's office in Osaka, Japan, where she works at as a developer and advocate for Google Cloud. Pi is used in engineering, physics, supercomputing and space exploration - because its value can be used in calculations for waves, circles and cylinders. This is the first time the cloud has been used to calculate Pi to this magnitude.

Even with Google's infrastructure on her side, determining trillions of digits was no simple task. This is nearly 9 trillion digits more than the previous world record, which was set in November 2016 by Peter Trueb.

Ms Iwao said she had been fascinated by the number since she had been a child. Saying the value of an irrational and transcendental number is quite a popular thing to do on Pi Day.

Yes, Pi day is kind of like May the 4th.

Emma said: "When I was a kid, I didn't have access to supercomputers".

"I feel very surprised", Iwao told BBC of breaking the world record.

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