Techies come together to make a super computer.
source: ... achieved 180 gigaflops w/ 256 computers ... Witchel noted that in events like the AIDS Walk, for example, participants could bring their laptops to drop off so that while they walk, the machines could be linked to work on a complicated AIDS drug modeling research. ....I don't need the National Institutes of Health or the Department of Energy to do these things. With flash mob, all I need is 100 students who think this is worth it. This changes who controls supercomputers," Witchel said.
... Lots more on the software in google links here.