20141202, 20:12  #1 
Nov 2007
Halifax, Nova Scotia
2^{3}×7 Posts 
Prime counting function records
I am pleased to announce the following computations of the prime counting function:
pi(10^26) = 1699246750872437141327603 pi(2^81) = 43860397052947409356492 These values were computed using an enhanced version of the combinatorial method originally due to Meissel. Starting from the version of the algorithm published by T. Oliveira e Silva, I incorporated modifications permitting shared and distributedmemory parallelism, as well as numerous improvements resulting in constantfactor reductions in time and space. Calculations were performed on the Guillimin, Briarée, and Colosse supercomputers from McGill University, Université de Montréal, and Laval Université, managed by Calcul Québec and Compute Canada. The operation of these supercomputers is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), NanoQuébec, RMGA and the Fonds de recherche du Québec  Nature et technologies (FRQNT). The results were doublechecked by running independent calculations on separate clusters with different numerical parameters. Specifically, pi(10^26) was computed on Guillimin and Briarée, while pi(2^81) was computed on Guillimin and Colosse. Furthermore, I have recalculated pi(10^n) and pi(2^m) for all previously known values of n and m. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Karl Dilcher for guiding my education in elementary, algebraic, and computational number theory, and for his insightful comments and suggestions regarding these calculations and the underlying algorithm. Douglas B. Staple, Dr. rer. nat. Department of Mathematics and Statistics Dalhousie University Halifax NS Canada 
20141203, 14:04  #2 
"Ben"
Feb 2007
D2B_{16} Posts 
Congratulations, an impressive calculation! Can you say how long it took on the various clusters?

20141203, 14:18  #3 
Nov 2007
Halifax, Nova Scotia
56_{10} Posts 
Thank you! I will eventually release technical details, including a scaling analysis. For the moment, though, I am going to sit on that information, lest my competitors *ahem* friendsIhaven'tmetyet learn my capabilities.

20141203, 19:44  #4 
Jan 2008
France
3·181 Posts 
Great achievement, can't wait to see more information

20141204, 01:46  #5 
Aug 2006
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20141204, 02:13  #6 
Nov 2007
Halifax, Nova Scotia
2^{3}·7 Posts 
Yes, I calculated pi(2^m) for all m<=81, and pi(10^n) for all n<=26. For pi(2^78), pi(2^79) and pi(2^80), I found the same values as were previously calculated by J. Franke, T. Kleinjung, J. Büthe and A. Jost under the assumption of the Riemann Hypothesis:
http://www.math.unibonn.de/people/j...alyticPiX.html 
20141204, 04:55  #7  
Basketry That Evening!
"Bunslow the Bold"
Jun 2011
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20141204, 22:45  #8 
Jan 2005
Minsk, Belarus
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http://www.primefan.ru/stuff/primes/table.html is updated :)

20141205, 10:21  #9 
Einyen
Dec 2003
Denmark
3,037 Posts 
Congratulations on the achievement.
I do not know how this calculation is done, so excuse me if this is a stupid question: Why is the pi(2^m) "only" at 2^81 when pi(10^n) is at 10^26 ~ 2^86.37 ? The link below has pi(2^77) to pi(2^80) and OEIS has up to pi(2^52): http://oeis.org/A007053/list Anyone know where pi(2^53) to pi(2^76) can be found? Last fiddled with by ATH on 20141205 at 10:21 
20141205, 10:37  #10  
Jan 2008
France
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20141206, 00:07  #11 
Nov 2007
Halifax, Nova Scotia
2^{3}·7 Posts 
I am happy to announce an additional power of two:
pi(2^82) = 86631124695994360074872 
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