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The NTP Algorithm in Detail

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Clock synchronisation is a key problem in distributed systems. When we can send a message across the world in less than a second, it’s important that everyone knows what time it is. The Network Time Protocol (NTP) is a commonly used service for keeping time across wide area networks. This talk will look in detail at how NTP works, and its limitations. We will also consider alternatives to NTP , which can deliver time even more accurately on local networks.

This talk is part of the Churchill CompSci Talks series.

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