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Open, Scalable and Validated reference architecture
PTP architecture is scalable and defines the time source from an entity called the Time Server clock (or stratum 1 in NTP terms). The Open Time Server is distributing time to the entire network and usually gets its timing from an external source, (GNSS signal).
The current state-of-the-art Open Time Server implementations suffer from a few drawbacks that we wish to accommodate:
- They are HW appliances that usually target different GTM than a DC
- They expose non standard and inconsistent Interfaces and SW feature-sets
- Development cycles and the effort needed to add new features are long and expensive
- It doesn’t rely on open-source software
- The accuracy/stability grades aren’t in line with DC requirements
Open Time Server: G0kK-1μ OCXO
Roll like a hyperscaler
Meta uses the TimeCard for clock synchronisation to provide time on millions of servers - Making their network clocks more precise for the Metaverse
Open Time Server System Diagram
The philosophy behind this fragmentation is very clear, and each decision, modification that will be made, must look-out to this philosophy:
- COTS servers keep their “value for money” due to huge market requirements. They are usually updated with the latest OS version, security patches, and newer technology, faster than HW appliances.
- Modern Commodity NICs already support HW timestamp, lead the market with Ethernet and PCIe latest Speeds and Feeds. Modern NIC also supports a wide range of OS versions and comes with a great software ecosystem. NIC + COTS server will allow the OTS to run a full software (and even open source one) PTP and NTP stack.
- Timecard will be the smallest (conceptually) possible HW board, which will provide the GNSS signal input and stable frequency input. Isolating these functions in a timecard will allow OTS to choose the proper timecard for their needs (accuracy, stability, cost, etc) and remain with the same SW, interface, and architecture.
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The OCP-TAP TimeCard ecosystem
The Open Time ServerOpen Time Server
With out of this world performance, the Open Time Server can supply over 1 million unicast sessions and is fully customisable for your holdover requirements.
The OCP-TAP TimeCardOCP-TAP TimeCard
With its flexible open design you can customise to suit your environment. With Rubidium, Caesium and Quartz options performance Vs budget is simple.
The TimeCard miniTimeCard mini
Small yet powerful, the TimeCard mini can deliver impactful performance from a small and flexible form factor. Deploy at scale without the cost
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Performance vs budget
With four different oscillator options, you can get the right performance based on your budget.
- Quartzlock Rubidium,
- Microchip Caesium (optionally low phase noise)
- Rakon 2522
The TimeCard is the most affordable and best value for money option high precision synchronisation solutions that gives you exactly what you need.
Open Time Server: G0kK-0ff
Pioneering in the world of clock synchronisation
We strive to make high precision clock syncrhonisation tools and technology accessible to the world at great value and to fit any budget. Through working heavily in the OCP-TAP working group and community we are paving the way to democratise precision timing and revolutionise the technology landscape with the possibilities which are enabled through precision timekeeping.
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TimeCards in the wild
Meta and the MetaverseCheck out the full article
Meta pushes the Timecard to its peak with cutting edge deployments "Implementing Precision Time Protocol (PTP) at Meta allows us to synchronize the systems that drive our products and services down to nanosecond precision."
"As we scale to more advanced systems on our way to building the next computing platform, the metaverse and AI, we need to ensure that our servers are keeping time as accurately and precisely as possible."
Home test rigs
The flexibility of the TimeCard makes them ideal in test rigs both professionally in the enterprise and at home in the lab. More and more systems require accurate time and sync, whether that be for audio and broadcast or automotive solutions the world of IoT and sync are coming together. This makes the TimeCard OCXO variant the perfect partner, at great value for money without diminishing performance it is ideal.
YouTube influencersCheck out the video
Our friend Jeff Geerling has been working out how to get one of the most accurate and precise clock sync systems to integrate with a Raspberry Pi. Not only does this make one of the most accurate Raspberry Pi's in the world but it also makes for a fun project that demonstrates absoltely anything can become an atomic clock with a TimeCard. Timebeat's own Lasse Johnsen also shows up and gives his take to Jeff.
Open Time Server: G0kK-1μ CSAC
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