While many have feared that the oil would wash up on the West Coast of Florida, Intel’s supercomputers think that the oil will trash most of the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S.
Two teams of researchers, from the University of Hawaii and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), have relied on Intel’s supercomputers to compile the models.
The models take into account myriad factors including tides, currents, winds, water temperatures and the relative weights of an unladen swallow carrying a coconut.
More than 3,500 Intel XEON processors linked for superfast calculations have thought about the problem. They worked out that the Gulf of Mexico’s powerful Loop Current is likely to push the oil eastward, hitting Florida and then swinging around to hit the fast-moving current of the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream, which extends up the East Coast before moving towards Europe.
UH oceanographer Axel Timmermann said that after one year, about 20 percent of the particles initially released at the Deepwater Horizon location have been transported through the Straits of Florida and into the open Atlantic
Fortunately by the time it hits Europe the spill will be diluted a bit but the US will be a blacked slime. One advantage of all this is that the boffins worked out a good spot to capture oil as it spreads to the narrow Straits of Florida.