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

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Tue Jun 16 19:52:56 UTC 2009

Unruh wrote:
> John Hasler <john at dhh.gt.org> writes:
>> 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.
>> -- 
> Or buy themselves a GPS time source.

I've done both!

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