For all the enthusiasts here are the technical data used by the duo to achieve this feat!
Shigeru Kondo's computer had the following specifications:
- 2 x Intel Xeon X5680 @ 3.33 GHz - (12 physical cores, 24 hyperthreaded)
- 96 GB DDR3 @ 1066 MHz - (12 x 8 GB - 6 channels) - Samsung (M393B1K70BH1)
- Asus Z8PE-D12
- Hard Drives
- 1 TB SATA II (Boot drive) - Hitachi (HDS721010CLA332) 3 x 2 TB SATA II (Store Pi Output) - Seagate (ST32000542AS) 16 x 2 TB SATA II (Computation) - Seagate (ST32000641AS)
- Raid Controller
- 2 x LSI MegaRaid SAS 9260-8i
- Operating System
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise x64
- Built By
- Shigeru Kondo
Software for Computation:
The program that was used for the main computation is y-cruncher v0.5.4.9138 Alpha.
See main page: y-cruncher - A Multi-Threaded Pi Program
y-cruncher is a powerful multi-threaded
program/benchmark that is becoming an increasingly popular tool within the computer enthusiast community. As of this writing, it also holds the world record for most digits computed for several other famous constants.
For the main computation, the following formula was used:Chudnovsky Formula:
Verification was done using the following two BBP formulas:
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