distributed.net is a loosely knit group of computer users from all of the world that is taking up challenges requiring lots of computing power (most notably the RC5, DES, and OGR cracking contests). It is simple to participate in the challenges by downloading and running their client software (which uses idle CPU time to complete its tasks).
Remote Methode Call is a project to enable calls to methods in remote C++ classes. The transport is implemented as a library, and is free from dealing with the internal RMC stuff, so any C/C++ programmer is able to write a transport for his own purpose. RMC(2) currently has a sockets transport library as reference implementation. It is developed on Linux, and supports Linux on iX86 and PPC. RMC should also work on BeOS. Testers and developers are welcome to the project.