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A Clock Synchronization Strategy for Minimizing Clock Variance at Runtime in High-End Computing Environments

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2 Author(s)
Jones, T. ; Oak Ridge Nat. Lab., Oak Ridge, TN, USA ; Koenig, G.A.

We present a new software-based clock synchronization scheme that provides high precision time agreement among distributed memory nodes. The technique is designed to minimize variance from a reference chimer during runtime and with minimal time-request latency. Our scheme permits initial unbounded variations in time and corrects both slow and fast chimers (clock skew). An implementation developed within the context of the MPI message passing interface is described and time coordination measurements are presented. Among our results, the mean time variance among a set of nodes improved from 20.0 milliseconds under standard Network Time Protocol (NTP) to 2.29 μsecs under our scheme.

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Computer Architecture and High Performance Computing (SBAC-PAD), 2010 22nd International Symposium on

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27-30 Oct. 2010