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Open Grid Forum

An Open Global Forum for Advanced Distributed Computing

OGF is an open global community committed to driving the rapid evolution and adoption of modern advanced applied distributed computing, including cloud, grid and associated storage, networking and workflow methods. OGF is focused on developing and promoting innovative scalable techniques, applications and infrastructures to improve productivity in the enterprise and within the international research, science and business communities.

OGF accomplishes its work through open forums, interactions and events that build the community, explore trends, share optimal approaches, document findings and consolidate these results where appropriate into standards. The output products that result from this process document and codify best practices and standards that provide the basis for some of the largest and most powerful operational computing infrastructure systems in the world.

OGF is Open! OGF adheres to and endorses the OpenStand principles for open standards development and is a signatory to the joint statement of affirmation of these principles.

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25 years of Grid Computing Celebration at Supercomputing 2023

To mark a quarter of a century since the SC'98 Grid BoF that is widely regarded to have resulted in a major turning point in the development of grid computing, the Open Grid Forum hosted a "25 Years of Grid Computing" celebration at the Beowulf Bash held in conjunction with the Supercomputing '23 conference in Denver on Monday, November 13. Further details about the event are at this link. Photos from the event are now online.

During SC'23, HPCWire editor Doug Eadline also interviewed OGF President Alan Sill about the genesis of, the multi-platform alternative to Twitter (now X) for the HPC community. In addition, they discussed the 25 years of grid growth, standards development, and use by the HPC community provided by OGF, along with plans for future OGF activities.

OGF is proud to have contributed to the technology and standards underlying grid computing that led to many other developments including much of the technology underlying clouds and led to many other projects that are still contributing to scientific, academic, and business computing at scale. We'll be happy to update anyone who attends on some projects OGF has in progress, including the revitalization of OGF document production based on our GitHub organizational pages, new methods of document authoring that add support for online editing, and liaison relationships with other standards developing organizations that have produced a viable path towards republication and reuse of OGF standards for wider reach and longer lifetime. Ideas for formation of new working groups as per the long-standing guidelines in GFD.3 and GFD.152 and for their operation using these new tools are also being accepted and welcomed. Please contact us if needed for further details.

OGF backs new services for community communication!

In partnership with other HPC and academic distributed computing organizations, the Open Grid Forum has joined other advanced cyberinfrastructure, HPC, and research computing and data organizations in support of a new community-based open community called ““ that includes a Mastodon instance, Slack, and Discord servers available to the community and projects. The organization of this effort is described on the web site at Community projects are generally pursued through GitHub repositories, and include features such as a community map, podcasts, blogs, a jobs board, good-first-issues list for getting involved with HPC software, and others.

The new Mastodon instance is available at at and is open for signups. The Slack and Discord instances are available through the Chat Applications project, and feature reqeusts and ideas for new projects can be submittted through the GitHub Discussions page for the web site.

Please contact the organizers using the links on the main site for additional information.

Output, Areas and Groups

OGF's significant output includes the Open Cloud Computing Interface (OCCI) family of specifications, the Network Service Interface (NSI) and other associated advanced networking specifications, the Data Format Description Language (DFDL) and related experience documents, Basic Execution Services (BES), the Job Submission Definition Language (JSDL), the Grid Laboratory Uniform Environment (GLUE) schema, the Certificate Authority Operations (CAOPS) working group and Federated Security community group supporting the Interoperable Global Trust Federation (IGTF) for authentication and authorization profiles and protocols used in cloud and grid computing, the WS-Agreement (WSAG) and WS-Agreement Negotiation (WSAN) specifications for automated machine-readable service agreements, and a variety of other informational, experimental, community practice and standards-oriented recommendation documents and specifications. You can also read more about OGF Documents and Standards here.

It is easy to get started by participating in community groups and working groups, attending OGF events, and joining as an individual member or organizational supporter. Membership is not required to participate in OGF events, groups or document production, but carries certain benefits including reduced-rate attendance at OGF-organized meetings that may make joining attractive.

Use these links to explore the communities that accomplish the work of OGF, or discover more About OGF.


Check out the many OGF Published Documents, learn more about how OGF goes about Delivering Value to the community and about optional but valuable Membership in the Open Grid Forum, and Contact OGF to find out more on any question or topic.

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