[Beowulf] Re: Pi calculator

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Thu Mar 3 04:54:46 PST 2005

On Thu, 3 Mar 2005, Felix Rauch Valenti wrote:

> On Tue, 1 Mar 2005 09:19:41 -0800, Peter Pacheco <peter at cs.usfca.edu> wrote:
> > I wrote a short MPI program last summer that uses
> > the Bailey-Borwein-Plouffe algorithm and the GMP library
> > (http://www.swox.com/gmp/) to compute arbitrarily many digits of pi.
> > Jake, send me email (peter at cs.usfca.edu) if you want a copy.
> If somebody really wants to spend zillions of cycles on calculating Pi
> just for fun, you could also look for non-random patterns in Pi on the
> way. Maybe you will become famous one day.
> (insert reference to Carl Sagan's "Contact" here)

Just be sure that you look with a powerful statistical tool --
remembering those damnable typing monkeys.  Pi is well known to have all
sorts of non-random-looking patterns in it.  Distributed (as far as
all studies done to date that I found referenced on the web) completely

Wait!  I see a cloud that looks like the Virgin Mary!  Gotta go and
write the Enquirer...:-)


(Still haven't taken my medicine this morning, and Deadline hisself is
already pre-emptively hassling me for the column I haven't written yet
for May:-)

(I just HAVE to quit playing WoW until 2 am before cumulative sleep
deprivation slays me like a dragon did last night.)

(Hmmm, combine business with pleasure?  Maybe I'll try to contact the
WoW folks and get some detail about their realm cluster.  That would
make a nifty article for June...)

(Damn, my interior monologue isn't working this morning.  Must

> - Felix
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