[ntp:questions] how to have offset < 1ms

unruh unruh at wormhole.physics.ubc.ca
Thu Apr 15 15:24:04 UTC 2010

On 2010-04-15, Uwe Klein <uwe_klein_habertwedt at t-online.de> wrote:
> nemo_outis wrote:
>> It is frequently the case that OPs (for a variety of reasons) misstate or 
>> mispecify their problem or overconstrain its solution (either in terms of 
>> what can or must be done or what can't or mustn't).  I submit that the 
>> current OP is a classic case.
> The classic situation I've seen here on a regular basis is
> that the submittant would like to have a cohesive timing situation
> and does not care for syncronicity to the outside world.
> The classic answer seems to be a handwaving jedi gesture.
> You don't want that, you want "real" timekeeping.

The easiest way to achieve cohesive timing is to have everything locked
to real time. If everything is locked to real time, then everything is
cohesive as well. And with the price of a GPS receiver, that is also
often the cheapest way to do it as well. 

Of course one can always just set on system to local time source  and have it as
the server to everything else. That will, unless that particular machine
suffers from severe temp variations, or other hardware problems, also
work. Or I guess the new orphan mode of ntp. 

> ( which imho is understandable, some here have put a significant
>    amount of their lifetime into "real" timekeeping.
>     The request thus is a distastefull abomination )
> On the other hand cohesive group timing is quite sufficient in a lot of
> applications. And lacking in agility to jump all the hoops presented
> on the way towards "real" timekeeping this will just have to do in some
> cases.

What hoops? It is easy. Probably easier than worrying about cohesive
timing in its absense. 

Timekeeping to usec accuracy has become almost trivial. Now if someone
would only start selling GPS18x with a usb/serial/parallel plug at the
end of it, so one could just plug it in and not worry about soldering it
would become totally trivial. ( Mind you some way of adding an extention
to the 5m cable would also be useful)

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