One quadrillion digits of pi
Torbjorn Granlund
tg at gmplib.org
Wed Sep 1 08:57:06 CEST 2010
Tsz Wo Sze <szetszwo at yahoo.com> writes:
Quoted from http://gmplib.org/pi-with-gmp.html
"... A planned future version of GMP will allow the patient and wealthy to
compute up to at least 1 quadrillion (1015) digits, and unlike current GMP, this
future GMP will operate fine with operands on disk. You'll need around 4000
high-end swap disks in order to compute 1 quintillion digits, but surely that
will qualify you for a discount ("buy 4000, pay for 3999")."
Do you really have such plan?
Yes, we really plan to make GMP able to calculate with such large
numbers.
I might be wrong but I think that there is a gap
between the current (hardware) technology and being able to compute 1
quadrillion (1015) digits of pi. For 1 quintillion digits, it sounds impossible
to me unless there are new major breakthroughs on either hardware or algorithms.
Or a breakthrough in patience.
--
Torbjörn
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