[ntp:questions] Loop Filter Gains vs. Polling Interval

Miroslav Lichvar mlichvar at redhat.com
Tue May 17 16:08:52 UTC 2011

On Sat, May 14, 2011 at 12:23:56PM -0500, Mischanko, Edward T wrote:
> Can anyone tell me, does the sensitivity for frequency adjustment lessen
> as the polling interval increases?  I ask because I'm observing that my
> offset increases and the frequency adjustment decreases to the point I
> fall out of sync at polling intervals above 256.  What am I doing wrong?

As I have recently learned, the Windows ntpd works with daemon loop
(instead of the kernel loop) which is optimized more for stable clocks
and noisy networks. So if your clock's frequency changes rapidly, ntpd
won't be able to keep up, as it would with the kernel loop.

Fortunately, you can improve that significantly by enabling the FLL
part of the loop by setting a shorter Allan intercept, in 4.2.6 it's
11 by default (set in log2(s)), i.e. FLL is active with poll 11 and

For example:

tinker allan 7


Miroslav Lichvar

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