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2010-01-06 13:20:00

Computer scientist Fabrice Bellard said he has computed the mathematical constant pi to nearly 2.7 trillion digits, some 123 billion more than the previous record, BBC News reported. Bellard used a desktop computer to perform the calculation, taking a total of 131 days to complete and check the result. He said his version of pi takes over a terabyte of hard disk space to store. Bellard also claims his method is 20 times more efficient than previous records established using supercomputers....


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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
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