Time Synchronization White Paper

Time synchronization of test instruments far apart is required to make one-way latency measurements and multi-site protocol analysis Xena Networks White Paper
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Time Synchronization White Paper

One-way testing of an Ethernet path through a network with test instruments at each end of the path gives detailed information on performance and issues for the two directions of the path. If the path is asymmetrical one-way testing is essential to identify the downlink and uplink throughput for the path.

A parameter that is very relevant for the one-way test is the latency of the path under test. However one-way latency measurements involving two test instruments require that the clock systems of the two instruments are synchronized. Likewise multi-site protocol analysis requires that the clocks of all instruments capturing data packets are synchronized. The same applies when synchronized traffic start on a number of test instruments is required.

Several solutions exist for synchronizing clocks in test instruments (and other devices). Each instrument can be equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, which can give precise, synchronized time information to instruments. Alternatively time synchronization can be based on the Network Time Protocol (NTP) or the Precision Time Protocol (PTP).

The Xena TimeSync synchronizes time for the Xena Networks layer 2-3 test solutions XenaBay and XenaCompact. The Xena TimeSynch is a flexible and powerful time synchronization solution that supports GPS, PTP and NTP. With Xena TimeSynch the Xena tester acts as a client that is synchronized to a PTP/NTP time server or to the GPS. Xena TimeSynch can also turn a Xena tester into a PTP/NTP time server that can synchronize other testers.

Time Synchronization White Paper – CONTENT

  • GPS
  • PTP
  • NTP
  • Other Timing Protocols: TIME (RFC 868)
  • Time Synchronization of Xena Networks Test Solutions
  • Testing up to Layer 3