The OpenFog Consortium work is done by committees and workgroups focused on specific tasks aligned to our mission. This work includes technical work; influencing standards development through liaisons with other organizations; testbed; promoting innovation and industry interest in fog computing; and industry education.

Working Groups and Committees

The goal of the OpenFog Consortium is to create an open reference architecture for fog computing, build operational models and testbeds, define and advance technology, educate the market and promote business development through a thriving OpenFog ecosystem.

Key Pillars of the OpenFog Architecture

The work of the OpenFog Consortium is done by its members, with specific deliverables organized by the Working Committees and Working Groups.  Currently, we have the following active teams:

Technical Committee

The Technical Committee is the governing body responsible for the oversight of technical deliverables by the OpenFog consortium.  It is responsible to vet technical collaborations with other standards bodies, special interest groups, and other collaborative alliances.  It will accomplish this via the following:

  • The Technical Committee will meet bi-weekly.
  • It will collaborate with the various OpenFog technical working groups as required.
  • Its members shall include at least one representative from each of the OpenFog technical working groups.
  • It shall evaluate and respond to proposed technical collaborations, MoUs, strategic alliances, etc. as proposed by the OpenFog Board of Directors (BoD), Marketing team, or the Executive Director.
  • It will recommend and approve liaison relationships with other organizations.
    • After approval, the liaisons will be handled out of the Liaison working group.
  • It shall review all OpenFog Consortium technical publications prior to final presentation to the OpenFog BoD, marketing, etc. prior to public release.
  • It will recommend creation or discontinuation of technical working groups to the BoD. The BoD will still be responsible for final approval for charters and working groups.
  • It shall provide a quarterly report on working groups and overall progress to the BoD.


Architecture Working Group

Communications Working Group

Manageability Working Group

Security Working Group

Software Infrastructure Working Group

Testbed Working Group

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee is responsible for growing the market awareness of, and interest in, fog computing and the OpenFog Consortium.  We also manage the brand and messaging of the OpenFog Consortium.  We will achieve this via the following activities:

  1. Establish the OpenFog Consortium as the place to go for fog computing leadership
  2. Educate the market on what fog computing is, why it’s important and the need to establish an interoperable, common approach
  3. Prove the value of fog computing by highlighting real-world implementations by OpenFog members leveraging the OpenFog Reference architecture when available
  4. Stimulate interest in fog by showcasing existing and future innovation
  5. Communicate progress and availability of OpenFog deliverables and facilitate forums for education and discussion
  6. Establish consistency of message and look and feel of the OpenFog Consortium
  7. Show the value of being a member of the OpenFog Consortium and help drive recruitment of new members