Over 500 members of the global grid community gathered at the 23rd Open Grid Forum (OGF23) in Barcelone to network, showcase achievements, map out requirements for distributed computing and push forward standardization. The event helped connect the people of OGF and newcomers from across the globe. OGF and the recently EU-funded OGF-EUROPE project strongly support engagement on a truly global level to ensure that people work together to drive openness and interoperability that is of value to business and science. In this respect, OGF welcomed the participation of three EU projects that are highly active in the development and deployment of distributed computing between Europe, China and India: Bridge, EchoGRID and EU-IndiaGrid. The three projects are a good example of global partnerships bringing not just technical value-add but also playing a central role in strengthening relations between Europe and other parts of the world.

EchoGRID (European and Chinese Co-operation on Grid) is an ERCIM-managed road-mapping project that has established synergies with similar initiatives and projects to map out future research priorities in areas like new programming paradigms, grid architectures, service-oriented architectures, Grid management, virtual organisation, component models, and workflows and business processes. EchoGRID, which is actively engaged in Grid open standards, supported an OGF23 session on roadmaps and strategic research agendas featuring NESSI-Grid, Challengers, CoreGRID, 3S, and NEXOF-RA to define common strategies and future activities within OGF.

An extended report on OGF32 by Stephanie Parker has been published in Grid Today.


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