[ntp:questions] ntp server specs

unruh unruh at wormhole.physics.ubc.ca
Wed Apr 20 21:49:23 UTC 2011

On 2011-04-20, C BlacK <rblak at non.net> wrote:
> If I am setting up an ntp server for a lot machines, I have some questions.
> If the timing on client machines needs to be tight, should the ntp server be an x86 machine with a less than accurate clock
> or a ntp server with a very accurate clock.

? Clearly the server should have as good a clock as possible. And it
should not CPU speed type power management. And it should not be on a GB
Note that if you run the server with a GPS PPS you can get it down to
5usec accuracy, at which point the type of machine is largely

> I want the clients to track closely to server.

What does "track closely" mean? 1 hour? 1 sec? 1ms? 1us, 1ns?

The neteork will be more important than the server. 

> Chip

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