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French Fabrice Bellard Sets New PI Calculation Record Using A PC

Jan 6 2010, 7:12am CST | by , in News | Technology News

French Fabrice Bellard Sets New PI Calculation Record Using A PC
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A French computer scientist says he calculated PI to a new record of digits on a desktop PC. Fabrice Bellard calculated PI to nearly 2.7 trillion digits, which is about 123 billion more than the previous record.
The big news here is that he used a desktop PC and the previous record was set on a Super Computer. The calculation took 131 days and fills a TB of HDD space.

Apparently the trick is in the algorithm he used to achieve this new record on inferior hardware.
More details on BBC.

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