[ntp:questions] Re: NTP Performance...

Eric ejensen at spamcop.net
Fri Sep 5 15:42:58 UTC 2003

Actually, NTP isn't designed to average a group of inaccurate,
unsynchronized, clocks to arrive at some interpolated approximation of
the time.  Doing this would create feedback loops, and in any case
drift indefinetly.  

You need a reference source, usually an upstream server that is itself
synchronized to an accurate time source.  If the network is truly
isloated, and no local accurate clock is present, to still use NTP you
would need to configure one PC with a "fudged" stratum, and all the
other PCs will look to it as the authoratitive (or best available)
time source.  

- Eric

On Thu, 04 Sep 2003 20:01:31 +0200, Adrian 'Dagurashibanipal' von
Bidder <varys at fortytwo.ch> wrote for the entire planet to see:

>Clinging to sanity, john153 at libero.it mumbled in his beard:
>> I configured one of these PCs as a server
>> with these options in ntp.conf:
>> and these ntp.conf on clients:
>I guess you are aware that as long as you don't have an external time
>source, time will be synchronized only within the network.
>The other thing: in this setup, accuracy depends on that one computer's
>clock. It would perhaps be better to have each computer set up like your
>time server, and have all computer act as peer to all other computers. So,
>ntp should after some time take the best of your available computer clocks
>as reference time. (I'm basically guessing, though)
>-- vbi

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