The Korean pop star singer Psy who received fame with his “Gangnam Style” video breaks the Youtube video counter forcing the site to upgrade its view counter.
YouTube admitted that Psy’s smash hit ‘Gangnam Style’ has been viewed so many times since it was uploaded in July 2012 that it must upgrade the way figures are shown on its website. “Gangnam Style” became the first YouTube video to reach billion views.
So, how the YG Entertainment superstar crack the code, exactly? Well, his gigantic view count no longer displays any commas.
YouTube explained the maths problem in a Google+ post.
“We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY. “Gangnam Style” has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)!”
That number, which is also prime, is a standard in 32-bit computer binary programming. When it’s passed, things can get loopy. The number is more than YouTube is coded to display, based on a 32-integer system, which determines how large a stored number can be.
Hover over the counter in PSY’s video to see a little math magic and stay tuned for bigger and bigger numbers on YouTube.