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2010-09-17 06:10:00

A researcher working for technology firm Yahoo has calculated the 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of pi, more than doubling the previous record. Nicholas Sze used Yahoo's Hadoop cloud computing technology to come up with the unimaginable figure. The computation took 23 days using 1,000 Yahoo computers, racking up the equivalent of more than 500 years of efforts from a single computer. The core of the calculation made use of an approach called MapReduce -- originally developed by Google --...

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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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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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