Chris, you wrote:

>>The AS/400 also uses a 64-bit clock, but the frequency of update is,
>>if memory serves correctly, once per 40 microseconds, or 25,000 times
>>per second.
>
>Oh, sure. And I suppose some coffee slurping, donut chomping slob back at
>the factory is going to call that "accurate"?! 
>
>;-)
>

All computers are intrinsically inaccurate. According to a bit in NewsWire,
aging hardware and IPLs, etc., contribute to this situation on the AS/400.

This is why we've been looking for some way to coordinate with an external
standard. The best thing I've heard of so far is NTP, or Network Time
Protocol, a TCP/IP application that relies on a network of time servers.
The same article in NewsWire (by Mel Beckman) mentioned that there is a
PRPQ that provides an SNTP (Simple NTP) client for the 400, which would set
the date/time clock each time it's run. So far Support Line says they can't
find it. Anyone know anything about this?

BTW, I've put such a client on my 95 machine. It runs every time I restart,
but could be put on a schedule. It has been making adjustments of a few
seconds every time.

Cheers

Vernon Hamberg
Systems Software Programmer
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
400 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 371-1111 x480
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