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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.

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.

This recent presentation from Fog World Congress 2017 will provide you with an understanding of our technical approach.

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

 

 

Key Pillars of the OpenFog Architecture

Affiliations

Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) is the national supercomputing center in Spain. BSC specializes in high performance computing (HPC), and its mission is two-fold: to provide infrastructure and supercomputing services to European scientists, and to generate knowledge and technology to transfer to business and society. BSC is a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence and a first level hosting member of the European research infrastructure PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe). BSC also manages the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES). BSC is a consortium that includes Spanish Government, Catalan Government and Technical University of Catalonia – Barcelona Tech.

ETSI MEC
ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose over 800 member companies and organizations, drawn from 68 countries, determine its work programme and participate directly in its work.  OpenFog has a technical affiliation with the Multi-Access Edge Computing group at ETSI.

IEEE Communications Society
The IEEE Communications Society promotes the advancement of science, technology and applications in communications and related disciplines. It fosters presentation and exchange of information among its members and the technical community throughout the world. The Society maintains the highest standard of professionalism and technical competency.

IoT Acceleration Consortium
The IoT Acceleration Consortium aims to combine the strengths of government, industry, and academia and build a structure for developing and demonstrating technologies related to the promotion of IoT as well as creating and facilitating new business models. The consortium promotes (1) the development, demonstration, and standardization for IoT-related technologies and (2) creation of various IoT-related project and recommendations such as regulatory reform necessary to run those projects.

Liaisons

OPC Foundation
Since 1996, the OPC Foundation has facilitated the development and adoption of the OPC information exchange standards. As both advocate and custodian of these specifications, the Foundation’s mission is to help industry vendors, end-users, and software developers maintain interoperability in their manufacturing and automation assets. The OPC Foundation is dedicated to providing the best specifications, technology, process and certification to achieve multivendor, multiplatform, secure, reliable interoperability for moving data and information from the embedded world to the enterprise cloud. The organization serves over 470 members worldwide in the Industrial Automation, IT, IoT, IIoT, M2M, Industrie 4.0, Building Automation, machine tools, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and Smart Energy sectors.

 

Learn More

What Is Fog Computing?

 

Fog computing is a system-level horizontal architecture that distributes resources and services of computing, storage, control and networking anywhere along the continuum from Cloud to Things.  It is a:

  • Horizontal architecture: Support multiple industry verticals and application domains, delivering intelligence and services to users and business
  • Cloud-to-Thing continuum of services: Enable services and applications to be distributed closer to Things, and anywhere along the continuum between Cloud and Things
  • System-level: Extend from the Things, over the network edges, through the Cloud, and across multiple protocol layers – not just radio systems, not just a specific protocol layer, not just at one part of an end-to-end system, but a system spanning between the Things and the Cloud

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why was the OpenFog Consortium formed? What problems are you hoping to solve?

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