[ntp:questions] Re: [Bug 177] Clock stepping messes up frequency. (fwd)

David J Taylor david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk.not-this-bit
Tue Nov 11 16:56:26 UTC 2003

> I guess I need to poke at the old ntp research papers a bit more.  I
> can't believe I'm the first person to notice this.
> -wolfgang
> -- 
> Wolfgang S. Rupprecht      http://www.wsrcc.com/wolfgang/
>            The From: address is valid.  Don't mess with it.

Wolfgang (and others),

My observation is that given an equal set of e.g. stratum 2 servers, NTP
will select the one with the greatest delay if the jitter from the servers
is similar.  This results in, for example, a server in a different
continent (170ms delay) being preferred over one that is much more local
(40ms delay).  I believe this is a similar effect to the one that you
reported.  Like you I prefer not to use the prefer qualifier.


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