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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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OGF Backs New Mastodon Instance for HPC

In partnership with other HPC and academic distributed computing organizations, the Open Grid Forum has launched a new community-based open project called ““ that includes a Mastodon instance available to the community and will support a web site at to accomplish similar goals. The new Mastodon instance is available at at and is currently open for signups. Signup requests must include a description of the reason to join and are subject to the terms of service and privacy policy stated by the service.

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.

You can also follow @OpenGridForum and/or @OGFStandards to keep up with news and events, publications and interact with us on Twitter.