Santa Clara student sets record for calculating pi

A Santa Clara University computer engineering student has gone further than anyone else when it comes to computing pi.
March 14, 2014 10:05:19 PM PDT
A Santa Clara University computer engineering student has gone further than anyone else when it comes to computing pi.

Ed Karrels, a Master's student, created a computer program to calculate pi and he's already reached the ten-quadrillionth unit. That beats the 2010 record previously set by a team from Yahoo.

Karrels says there really is no practical purpose in calculating pi so far out.

"Even astronomical calculations, worst case scenarios, you'll never need more than about 40 digits of pi," he said.

So why do it? Karrels says it's a nerd thing and as a computer guy it's just fun.


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