Grid computing is all about connecting resources that are spread across wide distances and disjoint, sometimes even untrusting organizations. In such an environment, one cannot rely on any central authority to mandate any particular software or hardware solution. Therefore, interoperability between grid computing components is absolutely critical if grid systems are to have any chance of growing beyond small or localized deployments. The VCGR is committed to providing leadership and helping to drive forward grid computing standards for the community because we feel it is both our duty as a research institution to lend our experience to the process as well as an enabling step in our effort to push grid systems to the next level of size and scope.
Several VCGR members have been or are currently actively engaged in leading standards efforts within the Global Grid Forum (GGF) - the premier grid systems forum and standards body. Andrew Grimshaw is currently a member of the GGF Steering Committee acting as the architecture area director and is co-chairman of both the Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA)- Basic Execution Service (BES) group and the OGSA- Naming Group. Mark Morgan is the co-chairman of the OGSA - Byte I/O group and is actively participating in the OGSA - BES and OGSA - Naming groups. John Karpovich is a former co-chairman of the Remote Data Access group and is actively participating in the OGSA - BES group.
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