Mathematicians Calculate 10 Trillion Digits of Pi With Xeons

For the first time mathematicians were able to calculate the Pi constant with 10 trillion decimal digits.

Ten trillion would represent a 1 with 13 zeros. If you were to print that number on paper, you would need about 2.87 billion sheets, based on a standard configuration of about 3500 digits per sheet. Such a stack of paper would reach a height of 21.4 miles.

According to an unofficial announcement the calculation of the 10 trillion digits, it took 371 days and an additional 45 hours to verify on a system equipped with two Intel Xeon X5680 processors, 96 GB of memory and 24 2 TB hard drives. Only the first 5 trillion are offered for download as decimals via five separate downloads totaling 1.91 TB at this time.

The record of 10 trillion records doubles the previous record of 5 trillion digits, which was posted in August of this year.

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  • Parsian
    - Two Intel Xeon Hexa Core server CPUs: $ 7600.00
    - 96 Giga Bytes of DDR3 RAM: $ 2970.00
    - 2 TB of Harddrive, Xeon Dual Socket Motherboard and Power Supply: $1100.00
  • pteek
    And the point?

    They could have folded for the cure.
  • BlackHawk91
    Why would I want to download 1.91 TB of just numbers
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  • rahulkadukar
    After so many Bulldozer world records a nice one from Intel :)
  • pteek
    And the point?

    They could have folded for the cure.
  • fancarolina
    I wonder if this scales linearly, would adding two more processors cut the time in half?