[ntp:questions] ntp server specs

David J Taylor david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk.invalid
Thu Apr 21 05:35:47 UTC 2011

"Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> wrote in message 
news:WeGdnew3j4A37TLQnZ2dnUVZ_gWdnZ2d at giganews.com...
> You don't really care what hardware the server runs on!  X86 should work 
> as well as any other architecture.
> The software is somewhat more important.  Linux works well on the X86 
> platform and could reasonably be used as an NTP server.  Windows on X86, 
> or anything else, is not nearly as good a time keeper, as Linux, Unix, 
> OpenVMS and perhaps others.
> NTPD does not place a heavy load on most modern hardware; you should 
> never notice that it's there unless you go looking for it.

Completely agree on the software.  The best OS for NTP is generally 
considered to be FreeBSD.  Even if you have to use Windows with a GPS/PPS 
reference you can get within 250 microseconds or better - see PCs Feenix, 
Stamsund and Alta here:


The FreeBSD system is PC Pixie.  Keep away from anything which causes the 
CPU speed to vary, such as power-saving or spread-spectrum.


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