[Pool] Score is drop in cycles

Timothy Oefelein ntppool at arpage.org
Thu Feb 20 20:21:36 UTC 2014

Maybe I've missed something in this thread, but if they're trying to add 
a server to the pool shouldn't they be obtaining time from outside the pool?

I picked my parent servers off the lists from the ntp.org website, at 
http://support.ntp.org/bin/view/Servers/WebHome  It took a few days of 
experimentation to find the most reliable ones with low round-trip 
times, a process I've repeated whenever I've changed internet service 
providers, but outside of such changes it's generally "set it and forget 
it".  Just monitor them periodically after the initial setup to make 
sure they're still answering queries and you should be good to go.

One of the these days I'd like to get the hardware to run my own Stratum 
1 server, which would make the whole finding peers process moot. :)


On 02/19/2014 08:59 AM, Arnold Schekkerman wrote:
> Hi Mingda Wang,
> I saw one of your peers is located in the Netherlands, Europe. That explains the
> round-trip times. Having stratum 1 peers is nice, but nearby stratum 2 or even a
> few stratum 3 servers might be a better choice (if I remember right, the pool
> monitoring system accepts up to stratum 5 servers in the pool). One way to obtain
> them is via 'host 0.asia.pool.ntp.org' (and '1...', '2...', '3...') multiple times
> at different times (to allow for DNS-rotation). Then check with 'ntpdate -qp 1
> <<ip>>' the stratum and with traceroute (or traceroute6 for IPv6) the number of
> hops. You can also check their scores and see if their score is stable.
> Arnold
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