The PTP Network

The following is a short technical description of the synchronization mechanisms of the Precise Time Protocol based on an Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) presentation in 2007 by Imsys, Systronix and the IEEE 1588 chair John Eidson.

The Purpose of IEEE 1588

The standard was designed to enable synchronization of nodes of distributed system in more or less complex networks.

Objectives of IEEE 1588

IEEE 1588 Synchronization Principles

Selecting a Master Clock on a Single Subnet

Multiple Subnet Synchronization

IEEE 1588 Time Scales

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