Say you’ve got a big computation task to perform. Perhaps you have found a way to cure cancer, or you want to look for aliens. All you need is a few super computers to work out some calculations, but you’ve only got the one PC on your desk. What to do? A popular solution is the “distributed computing” model, where the task is split up into smaller chunks and performed by the many computers owned by the general public. This guide over at Kuro5hin shows you how.