Internet Time Synchronization: the Network Time Protocol

This paper describes the network time protocol (1NTP), which is designed to distribute time information in a large, diverse internet system operating at speeds from mundane to lightwave. It uses a symmetric architecture in which a distributed subnet of time servers operating in a self-organizing, hierarchical configuration synchronizes local clocks within the subnet and to national time standards via wire, radio, or calibrated atomic clock. The servers can also redistribute time information within a network via local routing algorithms and time daemons.

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