The brand new “Big Mac” supercomputer at Virginia Tech could be the second most powerful supercomputer on the planet, according to preliminary numbers.

Early benchmarks of Virginia Tech’s brand new supercomputer — which is strung together from 1,100 dual-processor Power Mac G5s — may vault the machine into second place in the rankings of the worlds’ fastest supercomputers, second only to Japan’s monstrously big and expensive Earth Simulator.

I just thought that that was really cool.

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