Grid computing is a computing model that distributes processing across several processors (computers). The amount of data processed is increased by networking many diverse resources to model a virtual computer architecture. For a computing problem to benefit from a grid, it must require either large amounts of computation time or large amounts of data, and it must be reducible to parallel processes that do not require intensive processors to communicate with one another.

The Open Grid Forum (OGF) is a community of users, developers, and vendors in the forefront of the effort to produce global standardizations for grid computing. The OGF community consists of individuals in industry and research, representing over 400 organizations in more than 50 countries.

Open Grid Forum 19 (OGF19) was held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at The Friday Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jeff Wood, graduate student at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) attended OGF19 as part of a minority serving institutions grant to OGF.

Dr. Linda Hayden, Principal Investigator with the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education (CERSER) at ECSU has submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation to implement a Grid project in conjunction with Dr. Geoffrey Fox at Indiana University and Dr. Prasad Gogineni at The University of Kansas with the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS). This project would take and process data gathered during research trips and process it before returning to ensure that the data assembled by the field team is acceptable.

Various meetings were held on topics from Grid software to standardization and working groups. Software such as Condor, Semantics, Globus and others were demonstrated by the groups developing the software. A complete listing of the workshops along with documentation can be found at


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