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Precision Time Protocol

Most Linux users are familiar with the Network Time Protocol (NTP) but few are aware of Precision Time Protocol (PTP) which is another protocol that can be used to synchronize clocks throughout a computer network. PTP is defined in IEEE 1588-2008 (Standard for a Precision Clock Synchronization Protocol for Networked Measurement and Control Systems). PTP is designed for computing systems requiring time accuracies beyond those attainable using NTP, i.e. high time precision systems. By the way, NTP is documented in RFC 5905. PTP is an on-the-wire protocol and typically includes hardware support in the servers, clients and switches to capture