Japan Slices The Biggest Pi Ever
from the well,-that's-useful dept
Is it just me, or is it a really slow news day? It seems that some researchers in Japan have calculated pi to 1.2411 trillion places, which beats the old world record for calculating pi by approximately six times (talk about trouncing some poor mathemetician’s claim to fame). It took a supercomputer 400 hours to calculate the answer, but (get this) it took the team five years to write the software for the supercomputer to do this. To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed in the team. I mean, why stop at 1.2411 trillion places? If you’ve gone that way, you might as well continue on a few more billion, right? Anyway, in case you were wondering, there is no practical use of pi to 1.2411 trillion places.