[ntp:questions] Syncing to nearby vs. faraway servers

John Hasler john at dhh.gt.org
Tue Jun 16 13:00:40 UTC 2009

Richard B. Gilbert writes:
> Country pools were a good start and probably adequate for small
> countries.  Countries the size of the U.S.  or the U.S.S.R. can't use a
> country wide pool and have much hope of getting a nearby server.  For the
> U.S. I'd want a "New England pool", a "middle Atlantic pool" (New Jersey,
> Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virgina), a Southern Atlantic Pool,
> etc.  This assumes that "net space" maps well to geographical space which
> may not always be a good assumption.

My best servers are often on the coasts.  I'm in Wisconsin.  In any case
country pools are quite adequate for 99% of users for whom anything better
than +-0.5 seconds is good enough.

> If a request for a pool server could specify the requester's latitude and
> longitude perhaps that information could be used to assign a nearby
> server?

Seems like an unnecessary complication.  Anyone who needs that sort of
performance should be willing and able to select servers by hand.
John Hasler 
john at dhh.gt.org
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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