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Scientsts calculate pi to 10 trillion digits

Posted on Friday, 28 October, 2011 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Alexander Yee and Shigeru Kondo managed to break their previous record of 5 trillion digits.

Despite battling hard drive failures and disruptions caused by the Japanese earthquake, the pair succeeded in smashing their previous record using a custom-built computer and special software designed specifically for the task.

"As the title of the announcement on their website - "Same program, same computer, just a longer wait."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by AliveInDeath on 29 October, 2011, 1:15
I agree completely with you, Draconis. Why don't they do something more creative with their time? Or are they too smart?!
Comment icon #8 Posted by soldier4death on 29 October, 2011, 1:57
I'm not a pi enthusiast, does pi ever start showing a pattern, or is it complete randomness even up to ten trillion digits?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Razer on 29 October, 2011, 14:46
randomness
Comment icon #10 Posted by Fluffybunny on 29 October, 2011, 15:17
This seems like quite a massive waste of time and effort. What exactly are we going to really get out of this? if the ten trillionth digit through the ten trillionth and tenth digit end up being 3.14 ten trillion digits 12345678910.... Would that change anything? Focus on something that will make a difference in the world...
Comment icon #11 Posted by xScorpinix on 30 October, 2011, 0:52
I totally agree with what everyone's been saying, there's really no benefit to the world with this discovery, I'm not going to be using a trillion digits to help me with my division.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Ashiene on 30 October, 2011, 8:07
this is what nerds do when they're bored.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Archimedes on 30 October, 2011, 18:57
What's with the negativity? It's a couple of guys doing something pointless but awesome. Far more computer power and time is "wasted" on video games or watching cats play the piano on YouTube. Lighten up.
Comment icon #14 Posted by 27vet on 30 October, 2011, 19:04
What about the square root of two and three? They forgot those.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Jajusha on 30 October, 2011, 19:21
PI is used in some cryptography cyphers (or parts of PI), so, it's not a complete waste. Also, if i'm not mistaken, isn't it possible for, say, on the 10 trillion and 1st digit Pi might just start repeating itself. A finding like that would have huge implications.
Comment icon #16 Posted by NuclearImplosion on 31 October, 2011, 2:19
10 months and drying laundry in the room to make this calculation? Really?


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