IEEE - 1588
Precision clock synchronization protocol for networked measurement and control systems
|Publication Date:||1 September 2004|
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International Standard IEC/IEEE 61588 has been processed through subcommittee 65C: Digital communications, of IEC technical committee 65: Industrial-process measurement and control.
This standard defines a protocol enabling precise synchronization of clocks in measurement and control systems implemented with technologies such as network communication, local computing, and distributed objects. The protocol will be applicable to systems communicating by local area networks supporting multicast messaging including, but not limited to, Ethernet. The protocol will enable heterogeneous systems that include clocks of various inherent precision, resolution, and stability to synchronize. The protocol will support systemwide synchronization accuracy in the submicrosecond range with minimal network and local clock computing resources. The default behavior of the protocol will allow simple systems to be installed and operated without requiring the administrative attention of users.