yesterday, Thursday, March 14, was the international day of the Pi number ! Yes, this date was not chosen at random, because with our American friends, March 14th is written 3/14 and corresponds to the number Pi with these first two decimals.
31 415 926 535 897 digits after the decimal point
If you are asked to quote the Pi number, like most people, you will stop at 3.14 as you usually do. but you risk appearing for a small player in front of Emma Haruka Iwao, employed in the Cloud department of Google and who has justrecord a new record managing to calculate … 31 trillion decimals of π, or 31 415 926 535 897 decimals of this number ! A record that has been certified by Guiness World Records. As a reminder, the previous record dates back to November 2016 with "only" 22.4 trillion decimals brought to light!
To get this benefit, Emma Harula Iwao used the baptized software y-cruncher, which is available to everyone at this address and which allows you to calculate this famous number. It will take him another 120 days to pass ! Obviously, the Google engineer was able to count on several virtual machines running the program continuously on the company's cloud.
In addition to the prestige of breaking a world record, Google explains in his post that only a hundred decimals per Pi are used in science and practice. A huge amount of decimals offers the opportunity to experience the computing power of computers.