[Beowulf] precise synchronization of system clocks
becker at scyld.com
Tue Sep 30 15:01:57 EDT 2008
On Tue, 30 Sep 2008, Lawrence Stewart wrote:
> On Sep 30, 2008, at 12:07 PM, Lux, James P wrote:
> > On 9/30/08 8:37 AM, "Robert G. Brown" <rgb at phy.duke.edu> wrote:
> > The grottiest grungy GPS receiver can probably do 100ns on its 1pps
> > tick,
> > and most are in the 20ns range. There ARE receivers that have
> > systematic
> > errors (i.e. Some sort of sawtooth in the error) and, of course,
> > there are
> > countless schemes to compensate in one way or another.
> So someone with some grad students and soldering irons should hook up
> the 1 pps
> output of a GPS to, say, the carrier detect pin on the unused RS232
> ports of all their
> nodes, and write some software...
Note that you need a "component" GPS receiver, hooked up with a bunch of
wires. The 1 PPS output isn't available from your typical packaged
handheld receiver. Those output serial NMEA lines that might be a full
second out of date.
And once you think about dealing with a 1 PPS signal, you find that you
don't even need a GPS. Just a pulse generator. And you can do some other
clever things. Or just skip ahead and read about Purdue PAPERS -- figure
out why it was very appealing but failed.
Meanwhile, I'll try to find out where I can plug a serial cable into a
Donald Becker becker at scyld.com
Penguin Computing / Scyld Software
Annapolis MD and San Francisco CA
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