OGF Documents and Standards

Looking for our published document series? Click on the Documents link to see the complete list of the published OGF formal documents and standards.

OGF is committed to the creation of well-thought-out standards, APIs and design patterns to maximize the productivity of users, suppliers, service providers and programmers in modern advanced distributed computing settings. As described in our Mission Statement, OGF “accomplishes its work through open forums that build the community, explore trends, share best practices and consolidate these best practices into standards.”

Standards benefit users by eliminating or greatly reducing vendor lock-in, encouraging interoperability and permitting the selection and use of best-of-breed implementations of software components. Suppliers and providers of cloud and grid technology benefit by the increased assurance that such components will work together designed when deployed – which is especially important in high-usage and automated infrastructures. Software developers also benefit by making use of standard interfaces with well-understood and properly designed behaviors, allowing them to pursue innovation in software internals without having to redesign and re-implement common components for connectivity to other software.

In the modern software development world, standards cannot be designed in isolation from feedback from real user, provider and developer usage patterns. The OGF processes for document and standards production have been refined to allow close, active communication among all of these contributors with processes that allow for due deliberation but that still provide options for rapid turn-around when needed and timely feedback from the community. We are proud that OGF standards support infrastructures that are used to deliver billions of core-hours of computation annually, move and manage hundreds of petabytes of data routinely, and to control and configure some of the fastest research networks in the world on a daily production basis.

A selection of the most popular standards frameworks resulting from this OGF community activity is highlighted below.

This short summary is only sufficient to hit some of the highlights. For further information, please explore our OGF Published Documents and our OGF Areas and Groups, look through our Upcoming OGF Events, or learn about Membership in the Open Grid Forum so that you can contribute actively as an OGF member.