Enterprise Profile for the Precision Time Protocol With Mixed Multicast and Unicast Messages

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INTERNET-DRAFT          Enterprise Profile for PTP        September 2017

TICTOC Working Group                                         Doug Arnold
Internet Draft                                              Meinberg-USA
Intended status: Standards Track                          Heiko Gerstung
Expires: March 28, 2018                               September 28, 2017         

          Enterprise Profile for the Precision Time Protocol
               With Mixed Multicast and Unicast Messages


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Arnold and Gerstung           September 28, 2017                [Page 1]

Internet-Draft          Enterprise Profile for PTP        September 2017


    This document describes a profile for the use of the Precision
    Time Protocol in an IPV4 or IPv6 Enterprise information system
    environment.  The profile uses the End to End Delay Measurement
    Mechanism, allows both multicast and unicast Delay Request and Delay
    Response Messages.

Table of Contents

1.   Introduction                              2
2.   Conventions used in this document         3
3.   Technical Terms                           3
4.   Problem Statement                         5
5.   Network Technology                        6        
6.   Time Transfer and Delay Measurement       7
7.   Default Message Rates                     8
8.   Requirements for Master Clocks            8
9.   Requirements for Slave Clocks             8
10.  Requirements for Transparent Clocks       9
11.  Requirements for Boundary Clocks          9
12.  Management and Signaling Messages         9
13.  Forbidden PTP Options                     9
14.  Interoperation with Other PTP Profiles   10
15.  Profile Identification                   10
16.  Security Considerations                  10
17.  IANA Considerations                      10
18.  References                               11
     18.1.  Normative References              11
     18.2.  Informative References            11
19. Acknowledgments                           11
20. Authors addresses                         12

1.  Introduction

     The Precision Time Protocol ("PTP"), standardized in IEEE 1588,
     has been designed in its first version (IEEE 1588-2002) with the
     goal to minimize configuration on the participating nodes. Network
     communication was based solely on multicast messages, which unlike
     NTP did not require that a receiving node ("slave clock") in
     [IEEE1588] needs to know the identity of the time sources in the
     network (the Master Clocks).
     The so-called "Best Master Clock Algorithm" ([IEEE1588] Clause
     9.3), a mechanism that all participating PTP nodes must follow,
     set up strict rules for all members of a PTP domain to determine
     which node shall be the active sending time source (Master Clock).
     Although the multicast communication model has advantages in
     smaller networks, it complicated the application of PTP in larger
     networks, for example in environments like IP based
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