[ntp:questions] Dispaying nanoseconds

David L. Mills mills at udel.edu
Thu Feb 15 00:35:10 UTC 2007


Note that the nonsignificant bits at the low end of the fraction word 
are purposly filled with a random bitstring. My machine has a precisioni 
-19, so there are 19 meaningful bits in the fraction along with a 
carefully manufactured 13 bits of fuzz. This is done both to make it 
harder to predict timestamps and smooth out tiny wiggles due to roundoff 
and bias. It doesn't make sense to split the microseconds in the 
readouts. For what it's worth, the statistics files display offsets to 
the nanosecond.


David J Taylor wrote:
> David L. Mills wrote:
>>The displays in ntpq are in milliseconds and parts-per-million. The
>>offset display is in fractions of milliseconds with three digits of
>>significance, which resolves the nanoseconds. Is there something more
>>you need?
> He needs another three digits to convert milliseconds to nanoseconds....
> <G>
> David 

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