Big Numbers

"There are 1011 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers."--Richard Feyman [added 24 June 2009]

On 28 September 2008, UCLA confirmed that it had found the 46th Mersenne prime number--a 13 million-digit prime number equal to 243,112,609-1.

On 6 March 2007, a study was released that estimated the "world generated 161 billion gigabytes, or 161 exabytes, of digital information" during 2006. [161 quintillion]

On 2 February 2009, Wired.com wrote about the Sequoia supercomputer scheduled to be installed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2012. Sequoia will be able to do 20,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per second. [20 quadrillion; 20 petaflops]

During 2010, TOP500.org reported that the Jaguar supercomputer was the fastest in the world at 2.331 quadrillion calculations in one second. [2.331 petaflops]

On 17 November 2009, TOP500.org reported that the Jaguar supercomputer was the fastest in the world at 1.759 quadrillion calculations in one second. [1.759 petaflops]

On 9 June 2008, NYTimes.com reported that the RoadRunner supercomputer did 1.026 quadrillion calculations in one second. [1.026 petaflops]

On 21 November 2006, DARPA awarded $500 million to get 1,000,000,000,000,000 flops (floating-point operations per second) high-performance supercomputing. [1 quadrillion]

On 14 November 2005, the world's fastest computer could do 280,600,000,000,000 floating-point operations per second (flops). [280.6 trillion]

On 25 April 2007, an Earth-like planet was discovered that is 20.5 light years from Earth. [20.5 light years is about 120 trillion miles]

On 18 May 2008, USA Today reported that federal liabilities hit $57,300,000,000,000. [57.3 trillion]

On 28 March 2007, Alcatel-Lucent successfully transmitted a "world record 25.6 Terabits per second (Tb/s) of optical data over a single fiber strand." [25.6 trillion; 600 DVDs per second]

On 5 September 2006, according to the Bureau of the Public Debt, the U.S. debt was $8,524,889,468,526.36. [8.5 trillion]

During the summer of 2010, 5,000,000,000,000 digits of Pi were calculated. [5 trillion]

On 5 February 2008, U.S. President George W. Bush submitted a $3,100,000,000,000 budget for fiscal year 2009. [3.1 trillion]

On 15 July 2008, China's foreign exchange reserves hit $1,810,000,000,000. [1.81 trillion]

On 29 September 2008, approximately "$1,200,000,000,000 in market value, the first post-$1 trillion day ever, according to a drop in the Dow Jones Wilshire 5000, the broadest measure of the stock market." [1.2 trillion]

On 7 January 2009, the Congressional Budget Office projected the 2009 U.S. budget deficit of $1,200,000,000,000. [$1.2 trillion]

On 3 December 2006, the Arizona Republic reported that the mutual fund industry topped $1,000,000,000,000 in assets for the first time. [1 trillion]

On 3 October 2008, the U.S. government passed a $700,000,000,000 bailout/rescue/recovery package. [700 billion]

On 15 October 2008, it was reported that the federal deficit for 2008 was $454,800,000,000. [454.8 billion]

As of August 2006, Bill Gates was the richest person in the world with an approximate net worth of $50,000,000,000. [50 billion]

On 9 May 2008 (at approximately 8:34pm MST), Earth's human population hit 6,666,666,666 people.

On 25 February 2006 (at approximately 7:16pm EST), Earth's human population hit 6,500,000,000 people. [6.5 billion] (Note: the 6 billion world population mark was reached during June of 1999.)

As of July 2006, the population of China was estimated to be 1,313,973,713 people. [1.3 billion]

On 17 October 2006, the U.S. population exceeded 300,000,000 people. [300 million]

During July of 2006, the population of Iraq was estimated to be 26,783,383 people. [26.8 million]

At the end of 2006, Nicole Kidman was the highest paid actress at about $16,500,000 per movie. [16.5 million]

For the 2005 basketball season, Shawn Marion of the Phoenix Suns was paid $13,700,000. [13.7 million]

During July of 2005, the population of Arizona was estimated to be 5,939,292 people. [5.9 million]

The President of the United States of America gets paid a yearly salary of $400,000. [400 thousand]

According the 2000 census, the population of Scottsdale was 202,705 people. [202.7 thousand]

During fall 2006, enrollment at Arizona State University approximated 63,000 students. [63 thousand]

On 21 November 2006, Google's stock hit $500 per share. [five hundred]

At last count, the population of Nothing, Arizona, was four. [4 ones]

A nanosecond is 0.000000001 of a second. [one-billionth]

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Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 06 September 2006
+ added $3.1 trillion FY 2009 proposed budget
+ added world population hitting 6,666,666,666 people
+ added federal liabilities hitting 57.3 trillion
+ added RoadRunner 1.026 petaflops supercomputer on 9 June 2008
+ added China's $1.81 trillion foreign exchange reserves on 15 July 2008
+ added $700 billion bailout plan on 4 October 2008
+ added $454.8 billion deficit on 16 October 2008
+ added $1.2 trillion U.S. budget deficit on 12 January 2009
+ added Sequoia 20 petaflops supercomputer on 3 February 2009
+ added Jaguar 1.759 petaflops supercomputer on 15 December 2009
+ added Jaguar 2.331 petaflops supercomputer on 19 August 2010
+ added 5 trillion digits of Pi on 19 August 2010


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