[ntp:questions] strange behaviour of ntp peerstats entries.

David J Taylor david-taylor at blueyonder.neither-this-bit.nor-this-bit.co.uk
Wed Jan 30 17:41:19 UTC 2008

Brian Utterback wrote:
> Which is why NTP prefers the source with the smallest delay. The
> system I am using has servers whose delays are 51ms to 94. I can't
> find any closer. On my company LAN, the delays range from 16ms to
> 87ms. The offsets of all these servers agree to within 9ms. Sure, I
> am not going to get sub-millisecond from that, but I think it is 
> probably
> more typical than your set-up.
> Brian Utterback


I know this is supposed to happen, but I recall seeing behaviour some time 
ago where a server with a little more jitter and much more delay was 
preferred, almost as if it was the jitter/offset which was the measure 
rather than offset itself.  I ended up adding a "prefer" qualifier.


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