[ntp:questions] Philosophical question about strata
lee.sailer at direcway.com
Fri Oct 7 14:18:26 UTC 2005
I had this thought about strata and I am hoping someone might have some
ideas to contribute.
Suppose you have two ntp clients that get their time from multiple
strata 1 servers. They should be very accurate statum 2 servers as a
Now later, you are configuring a new client, and for some reason you
have a choice. You can use one of the stratum 1 servers, or the
stratum 2 server. (I know, make another choice. This is a theoretical
It seems to me that the right choice is the stratum 2 server. Am I
However, if you configure this new client so that it uses one stratum 1
the stratum 2, I think the algorithm will choose the stratum 1. Again,
am I wrong?
Basically, my thought is that it is possible for a stratum 2 source to
be better than a stratum 1 source, and likewise for a stratum n source
to be better than a stratum m source, where n > m.
Comments welcome. No flames please.
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