MSE Research Project Database

Precision Timekeeping Infrastructure: bridging the hardware/software divide

Project Leader: Julien Ridoux
Staff: Julien Ridoux, Darryl Veitch
Collaborators: Matthew Davis
Sponsors: ARC, Symmetricom
Primary Contact: Julien Ridoux (
Keywords: Clock Synchronisation; communications and networks; Internet technologies; Network Measurements
Disciplines: Computing and Information Systems,Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Domains: Networks and data in society
Research Centre: Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES)

Accurate time is essential for critical services from telecommunications to banking, and increasingly, must be performed with software clocks within computers, using hardware clocks accessed over the Internet. This project with Symmetricom Inc. will bridge the hardware/software divide to deliver reliable and cost effective access to precise timing. 

The project builds on the existing testbed and RADclock capabilities with the broader SyncLab project.  Its focus is on working to brings software based timekeeping on a LAN (Local Area Network) down to the 1 microsecond level.


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