Last week MacMinute noted that Virginia Tech will use 1,100 Power Mac G5s as part of a supercomputer cluster now under construction. “The new cluster is designed to make its way into the rankings of the world’s largest supercomputers, a list that currently has no Macs,” reported CNET News.com. Now Charles Haddad of BusinessWeek has written an article explaining how Virginia Tech’s plans could be a real boon for Apple. “While it wasn’t Apple’s idea, the company stands to benefit big-time. The opportunity isn’t in supercomputing itself, a small market in which Apple has no standing. But Virginia Tech’s progress in building a Mac-based supercomputer represents a high-profile endorsement of Apple’s new G5 desktop, released just weeks ago, and the first desktop to use a 64-bit microprocessor,” notes Haddad in the article.