[ntp:questions] Looking for a NTP stratum 2 appliance

Matthew Huff mhuff at ox.com
Fri May 26 09:35:14 UTC 2017

The OXCO oscillator requirement is for hold-over, but we are looking for less jitter in the system. We could strip down the OS machines and run only NTP and make other system adjustments that would accomplish much of the same, but to dedicated a server just for NTP when an appliance is available seems a waste.

FINRA has made new timing requirements that are pushing this. Switching to PTP is ultimately the solution, but the switches in our core data center don't support it, and would be very costly to migrate to.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Miroslav Lichvar [mailto:mlichvar at redhat.com]
> Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 5:29 AM
> To: Matthew Huff <mhuff at ox.com>
> Cc: NTP Questions <questions at lists.ntp.org>
> Subject: Re: [ntp:questions] Looking for a NTP stratum 2 appliance
> On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 11:31:27AM +0000, Matthew Huff wrote:
> > For the last 20 years I've run our stratum 2 ntp servers under
> Solaris then Linux. I'm looking to replace them with an appliance for a
> number of reasons. One of the main one is clock stability. We have 2
> microsemi GPS synced stratum 1 servers with rubidium oscillators. I am
> not looking for a linux/bsd/unix box running NTP, but a dedicated non-
> os appliance.
> I don't know if such an appliance exists (all I saw that had a real
> NTP client ran a regular OS), but I'm curious what problems is the
> (in)stability of an ordinary computer oscillator causing. Are the
> servers supposed to be able to hold over long periods of time in case
> the stratum-1 servers fail?
> --
> Miroslav Lichvar

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