Questions about sponge

What exactly is sponge? I understand it is an API but is it going to be like forge or bukkit? Like will sponge be an API for servers to be able to use plugins like bukkit or will it be a modded version of the game like forge. Will you have to install sponge on your client to join a server or will it be like bukkit with plugins not mods? I was just wondering considering i am new to sponge. Thank you for support in advance.

You may find this FAQ page helpful.

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Sponge is a forge Coremod which allows you to run plugins.
It is not needed to have Sponge installed on the client.
Basically Sponge is similar to Bukkit :wink:

If you have further questions, please take a look at the FAQ first.