[ntp:hackers] Does ntpd need to whine more ?
phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Mon Oct 3 14:56:35 UTC 2005
In message <43414333.4070001 at udel.edu>, "David L. Mills" writes:
>Be advised the NTP WG will likely include the ntpd clock discipline as a
>required component of a conforming intermediate server that synchronizes
>to an upstram server and provides synchronization to a downstream
That would not only be a bad idea, it would also be downright stupid
because it would essentially outlaw research and development on this
And it would make it impossible for companies like Symmetricom to
deliver a conforming server because their timebases are waaaaay
better than anything the NTP clock discipline knows how to handle.
(If you run the NTP clock discipline on a OCXO or better timebase,
it wanders aimlessly around for ages before it realizes that it has
very little to do and it never ever gets close the necessary
>This is necessary for stability in a distributed, multi-stratum
That is rubbish.
The telcos SOnet networks that span the globe have solved far tricker
synchronization problems with a huge mix of different algorithms
and have managed to create a stable network despite many different
manufactureres blunders over time.
>If you have other agendae, whou should particiapte in the
>discussions and make your opinions known.
My opinions are herewith on the record.
I do not have the economic resources to participate in IETF WGs, sorry.
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