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OSG Site Documentation

User documentation

If you are a researcher interested in accessing OSG resources, please consult our user documentation instead.

The Open Science Grid (OSG) provides common service and support for resource providers and scientific institutions (i.e., "sites") using a distributed fabric of high throughput computational services. The OSG does not own resources but provides software and services to users and resource providers alike to enable the opportunistic usage and sharing of resources.

This documentation aims to provide HTC/HPC system administrators with the necessary information to contribute resources to the OSG.

Contributing to the OSG

We offer two models for sites to contribute resources to OSG users: one where the OSG hosts and maintains resource provisioning services for OSG users; and the traditional model where the site hosts and maintains these same services. In both of these cases, the following will be needed:

Don't meet the requirements?

If your site does not meet the above conditions, please contact us to discuss your options for contributing to the OSG.

OSG-hosted services

To contribute computational resources with OSG-hosted services, your site will also need the following:

  • Allow SSH access to your local cluster's submit node from a known IP address
  • Shared home directories on each cluster node

Next steps

If you are interested in OSG-hosted services, please contact us for a consultation, even if your site does not meet the conditions as outlined above!

Self-hosted services

If you are interested in contributing resources by hosting your own OSG services, please continue with the detailed overview page.