Posted by: Janine | October 5, 2009

Computer Science

Clocks drift and don’t tick
But we obsess about time
Let’s just tick as one

Keith Marzullo

Stanford University

Dissertation Title:  “Maintaining the Time in a Distributed System”
My dissertation was one of the first on global clock synchronization in a distributed system. It dealt with faulty clocks. Indeed, in the Xerox Research Internet where I tried it out, I found some clocks that ran backwards and others that ran 20% fast. The ideas in my dissertation were used by others (and patented by a company without my knowledge!) and is part of the Internet infrastructure.

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