Scientists at NASA Langley Research Center have developed a portfolio of technologies regarding clock synchronization in distributed systems. Distributed synchronous systems that are required to provide globally coordinated operations require each component (node) in the system to be precisely synchronized. Such systems could include electronic components within an aircraft or automobile, or large-scale networks of components that communicate with each other (e.g. multiple aircraft or automobiles). These technologies provide for very quick synchronization while tolerating various faults, provide distributed autonomous synchronization (i.e. no master clock signal required) and do not rely on any assumptions regarding the initial state of the system or internal status of the nodes. NASA is seeking to license these technologies commercially in the United States. US Patents 8,861,552; 8,255,732; 7,792,015.
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