What is the Open Science Grid?

The Open Science Grid (OSG) is a high-throughput distributed computing infrastructure designed to facilitate large-scale scientific research. Developed and operated by a consortium of universities, national laboratories, scientific collaborations, and software developers, the OSG interoperates with multiple grid infrastructures throughout the world, allowing scientists to seamlessly harness high-throughput computing resources they may not have been able to use otherwise.

The OSG's MyOSG portal is a centralized online location for finding information, tools, and services related to the OSG. Numerous training events and workshops are available to help OSG users learn the skills needed to optimize their use of the OSG's distributed high-throughput computing resources (see OSG training events and workshops).

The OSG Operations Center located at Indiana University provides a single point of operational support for OSG users, resource providers, and collaborators. To request support, OSG users can email OSG User Support or email the OSG Operations Center.

Note: To report an OSG security issue, or request membership or campus grid registration, you should instead submit a ticket to the OSG Operations Center.

For more about the OSG, see the OSG website and OSG user documentation.

The OSG also contributes a virtual cluster to the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) cyberinfrastructure, providing XSEDE researchers access to unused cores in the OSG's distributed infrastructure. The virtual cluster interface is accessible from the XSEDE Single Sign-on Login Hub and allows XSEDE users to manage their jobs as if they were running on a single cluster. The XSEDE OSG virtual cluster is well suited for high-throughput workflows with simple system and data dependencies.

For more about the XSEDE OSG virtual cluster, see Open Science Grid User Guide in the XSEDE User Portal. If you need help or have a question about the XSEDE OSG virtual cluster, contact the XSEDE Help Desk.

This document was developed with support from National Science Foundation (NSF) grants 1053575 and 1548562. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.

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