Network Clock System that Ensures a High Level of Frequency Accuracy

Shuichi FUJIKAWA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E98-B   No.11   pp.2212-2226
Publication Date: 2015/11/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Transmission Systems and Transmission Equipment for Communications
Keyword: 
clock,  synchronization,  evaluation,  algorithm,  MTIE,  GPS,  

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Summary: 
This paper proposes a network clock system that detects degradation in the frequency accuracy of network clocks distributed across a network and finds the sources of the degradation. This system uses two factors to identify degradation in frequency accuracy and an algorithm that finds degradation sources by integrating and analyzing the evaluation results gathered from the entire network. Many frequency stability measurement systems have been proposed, and most are based on time synchronization protocols. These systems also realize avoidance of frequency degradation and identification of the sources of the degradation. Unfortunately, the use of time synchronization protocols is impractical if the service provider, such as NTT, has already installed a frequency synchronization system; the provider must replace massive amounts of equipment with new devices that support the time synchronization protocols. Considering the expenditure of installment, this is an excessive burden on service providers. Therefore, a new system that can detect of frequency degradation in network clocks and identify the degradation causes without requiring new equipment is strongly demanded. The proposals made here are implemented by the installation of new circuit cards in current equipment and installing a server that runs the algorithm. This proposed system is currently being installed in NTT's network.