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Gradient clock synchronization

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Gradient clock synchronization
We introduce the distributed gradient clock synchronization problem. As in traditional distributed clock synchronization, we consider a network of nodes equipped with hardware clocks with bounded drift. Nodes compute logical clock values based on their hardware clocks and message exchanges, and the goal is to synchronize the nodes’ logical clocks as closely as possible, while satisfying certain validity conditions. The new feature of gradient clock synchronization (GCS for short) is to require that the skew between any two nodes’ logical clocks be bounded by a nondecreasing function of the uncertainty in message delay (call this the distance) between the two nodes. That is, we require nearby nodes to be closely synchronized, and allow faraway nodes to be more loosely synchronized. We contrast GCS with traditional clock synchronization, and discuss several practical motivations for GCS, mostly arising in sensor and ad hoc networks. Our main result is that the worst case clock skew ...
Rui Fan, Nancy A. Lynch
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Type Conference
Year 2004
Where PODC
Authors Rui Fan, Nancy A. Lynch
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