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Google sets new Guinness World Record on Pi Day

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Russell Knight | 15 March, 2019, 02:59

The calculation required 140TB of data, and took about 121 days to complete.

Iwao set the newest Guinness World Record for the most accurate value of pi on Thursday.

They made their announcement today, on Pi day which falls on March 14th, or 3.14, the United States format of the date, in its most basic form.

In honor of Pi Day on Thursday, March 14, Google announced that the company's own Emma Haruka Iwao has surpassed the world record pi computation by almost nine trillion digits.

"In the past super computer and desktop computers were used to calculate pi, and today this is the first time a cloud was calculated to beat the world record", she said.

Iwao, who is based in Seattle, USA, achieved the feat by using Google's cloud computing service.

Emma Haruka Iwao, a Google employee, just smashed the world record of calculating pi. "There is no end with pi, I would love to try with more digits", she said.

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In 2016, Peter Trueb set the world record for the greatest number of digits of pi ever calculated by generating 22.4 trillion digits. She told CNN that it was her childhood dream to create such a record.

Moving forward, she wants to help other budding mathematicians who are interested in unearthing pi's numbers like her.

Although the first digits of pi are well known as 3.14, the number is infinite in length.

Pi Day, March 14, is a great excuse to seek out your favorite pie and indulge yourself in a warm, flaky crust with apple, cherry, chocolate, or whatever your favorite filling is. "If you were paying attention in grade school, you'll remember pi is the number that describes how the circumference of a circle relates to its diameter (how wide a circle is if you draw a line straight across the middle)", writes Brian Resnick.

The contstant is used in engineering, physics, supercomputing and space exploration - because its value can be used in calculations for waves and circles. For normal calculations, only a few digits are used.

Pi is regularly used by physicists, engineers and space explorers.

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