[time-nuts] Advice on NTP server needed

Chris Albertson albertson.chris at gmail.com
Tue Jun 14 16:44:25 UTC 2011

I'm surprised there is not already some computer you could run NTP on.
 As you've found out here NTP is a very light load even for a 0.4Ghz
486 class machine.  There has to be a computer already in the rack
that can run NTP.  What about your client machines? one or more of
them could connect to  a GPS receiver.   Then you'd use exactly zero
power and space.

>> The reason for this is mostly based on the installation environment. I am
>> 'piggy-backing' on an commerical site (ie. for free) and rack-space and
>> electricity are premium. I have also a need to have the installation look
>> professional in order to avoid to much 'bad' attention. The installation
>> already occupies a 3U receiver, 1U server plus a 1U GPRS modem, so using
>> an old PC for NTP server is out of the question. Also the additional
>> 2600 kWh per year electricity (150W x2 for PC plus cooling) would strain
>> my goodwill at the site.


Chris Albertson
Redondo Beach, California

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