distributed time service

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In a distributed system there are a number of servers, each of which has its own clock. Often, such clocks are out of synchronization. A distributed time service periodically synchronizes the clocks and, in the time period between each synchronization, provides clients and servers with information about the current time inaccuracy of the servers. Such a service is vital in a system where closely spaced transactions have to be carried out in some temporal order.

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