Published Documents and StandardsLooking for our published document series? Click on the "DOCUMENTS" link above or here. Navigate that list or choose the "All" link to see the complete list of the published OGF formal documents and standards.
Recent Activities2012-08-19 Firewall Traversal Protocol (FiTP) published
2012-03-12 SAGA API Extension: Information System Navigator API published
2012-01-24 Distributed Resource Management Application API Version 2 (DRMAA) published (obsoletes GFD.22, GFD.130 and GFD.133)
2011-10-10 WS-Agreement update and WS-Agreement Negotiation published
2011-06-21 OCCI RESTful HTTP Rendering published; OCCI Core and Infrastructure updated
Why Standards?Why Standards? Standards are an essential aspect of modern industrialized society. Standards permeate every aspect of life, SAE lubrication standards, standard size screws and sockets, voltage standards, grain and protein feed mix standards, and standard battery sizes are just a few of the thousands of standards that make modern life possible. What makes standards so important is that it allows consumers (or vendors of other products that use the standardized product as an input) a wide choice of different vendors, eliminating vendor lock-in. For vendors it commoditizes the product, facilitates the formation of markets, and allows vendors to compete effectively against others on aspects such as price, quality, or delivery time.
The situation is similar in the Grid computing world. Grid standards benefit users of Grid technology by eliminating vendor lock-in, and permitting the selection of best-of-breed implementations of Grid components. For producers of Grid technology they provide a conformance target that can be used to assure customers of interoperability. Further, they eliminate the need for a Grid vendor to implement all of the many moving parts needed in a successful Grid – they can build specific components of their own (e.g. user interfaces or GUI’s) without the need to develop all of the parts.
Developing Standards at the OGFIt's sometimes hard to figure out how to get involved in the standards activities at OGF. How is one supposed to make sense of all the different working groups, areas and their relationship to each other, let alone understand the process that drives publishing the OGF document series or forming new working groups.
With some guidance, it's not too difficult to get an idea of how working groups operate within OGF, and to get some idea on how to participate in existing working groups, how to start your own working groups, and how to produce OGF documents.