updated 11:30 pm EST, Tue November 4, 2003
\'Big Mac\' ranked No. 3
A supercomputer made from 1,100 off-the-shelf Apple Macs at Virginia Tech now among the world's 500 fastest supercomputers, many of which handle with ease 1 trillion calculations per second. The Terascale Cluster computer, nicknamed ``Big Mac'' by some, conducts 9.6 trillion calculations per second. Theoretically, Big Mac could handle a potential 17 teraflops, or 17 trillion operations per second, according to the Associated Press. That still falls short of the No. 1 machine, Japan's Earth Simulator, whose 5,000-plus processors keep it on top with 35.8 teraflops, with the potential of another 5 teraflops.