[LEAPSECS] rubber seconds in Japan!

M. Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Mon Dec 29 15:12:25 EST 2008

In message: <20081229200904.GQ2263 at fysh.org>
Zefram <zefram at fysh.org> writes:

: Steve Allen wrote:

: >100 of them, just before the leap


: This is essentially the same technique as Markus Kuhn's UTC-SLS (UTC

: with Smoothed Leap Seconds), but over a shorter period. One might well

: suppose that if they'd heard of UTC-SLS then they'd have used it, and so

: this is probably an independent invention. Presumably they're working

: with the same objective: to provide a timescale that usually matches UTC

: exactly but also does not violate the fixed 60-seconds-per-minute model.


: Interesting that they're only doing that for some users (those connecting

: by copper, apparently). Users connecting by fibre get a visible (well,

: audible) leap. Assumptions about the precision required by different

: classes of user?

I imagine that the fiber folks derive their clock from the fiber
carrier frequency, which can't be off by 1e-2. The usual specs for
those start closer to 1e-12...


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