[ntp:questions] What level of timesynch error is typical on Win XP?
David J Taylor
david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk.invalid
Fri Oct 22 15:23:19 UTC 2010
"Evandro Menezes" <evandro at mailinator.com> wrote in message
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> Yes, except that Windows ends up raising the effective priority of
> system tasks that supersede NTP's effective priority. Among the worst
> offenders, network DPCs and some disk DPCs with some anti-virus
> programs (i.e., Mcafee).
> Then, even tasks with real-time priority will and do get starved and
> an algorithm like NTP's, which has hard deadlines, suffers, thus the
> inherently higher jitter in Windows.
That could explain why I see higher NTP jitter on a Windows system running
a USB network source (digital video data stream) than receiving a similar
data stream on a PCI card under either Windows XP or Windows-7. I guess
it will depend on how well the DVB network component is written. This is
comparing PC Gemini (graph scale +/- 100ms) compared to PC Hydra (graph
scale +/- 3ms) here:
(BTW: I can't use the PCI card in the Vista system as the ASUS A8N SLI
deluxe motherboard will, apparently, blow power tracks if the PCI card is
used. I don't propose to test that!).
Having said that, anyone with such time-critical requirements will want to
stop all non-essential and any unpredictable processes such as anti-virus
or system updates and virus scans. On Windows-7 that can be quite a
challenge compared to Windows XP.
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