CONVECTOR is a research testing project, which uses volunteer computing. The project partners calculate the optimum of a discrete optimization problem, that of the 52 bar trus. You can participate by downloading and running a free programme on your computer.
The CONVECTOR project is the first attempt at volunteer computing at the Department of Mechanics of the Czech Technical University in Prague.
More information about CONVECTOR is available at http://convector.fsv.cvut.cz/52_bar_truss.pdf