For those of you into visuals, Intel used one of the world's greenest supercomputers -- the Encanto on its Rio Rancho campus, to create a simulation of where the Gulf oil spill might be dispersed over time by the ocean's Loop Current. The simulation was created by the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
The point of the simulation is to showcase how information technology can help scientists deal with the impact of such events in the future. The water-cooled Encanto, a 28-cabinet system housing 3,500 quad-core Intel processor, also happens to be one happens one of the world's greenest supercomputers, ranking No. 32 on the latest Green500 list.