[ntp:questions] General ntp architecture question

unruh unruh at wormhole.physics.ubc.ca
Mon Aug 16 11:47:21 UTC 2010

On 2010-08-16, ask <ask at develooper.com> wrote:
> On Aug 2, 1:35?am, konsu <konrad.azzopa... at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello list,
>> I work for an investment bank with 300 UNIX servers, around 3000
>> workstation PCs and would like to ask some questions to more
>> experience users.
>> a) Are there any banks relying on ntp pool project or should we
>> consider having our own GPS clock ?
> If you have any sort of legal and practical requirement for keeping
> accurate and tracable time you need your own "stratum 1" source.
> I'd get a GPS timeserver for each physical location (unless you trust
> your internal network very much) and then on each server and
> workstation, as others suggested, you configure to use your various
> GPS-based ntp servers.
> Meinberg donated a couple of GPS NTP time server to the NTP Pool
> project and their accuracy, stability and ease of use are just
> incredible.   The time quality is so good that ntpd even far away
> (network wise) usually pick them despite having more nearby other
> "good" time sources.

The problem is not with the sources. The problem is with the computer
crystals and changes in temp. Because ntp is so so slow in converging,
changes in temp show up at the usec level. Ie, it is easy using even
just a GPS18 to get 10usec accuracy. At the 1us level ntp has troubles.
(Since I believe most of the readin ability of ntp is at the 1us level,
that is probably the goal)

>  - ask
> --
> http://askask.com/

More information about the questions mailing list