Synchronization of Third-Party Equipment to SmartNIC Clock Reference

Time-Stamping and Time Synchronization

Platform
Intel® PAC
Napatech SmartNIC
Content Type
User Guide

Description

Napatech SmartNICs can be configured to output a PPS pulse representing the phase (second tick) of the time stamp clock. The PPS output enables synchronization of third-party equipment to the SmartNIC time stamp clock. PPS provides reference for phase and frequency synchronization of the connected third-party equipment.

Illustration

This figure shows a system configuration where an NT SmartNIC outputs a PPS signal on the external time synchronization connector enabling synchronization of third-party equipment to the SmartNIC time stamp clock.
Note: On NT200A02, NT200A01 and NT100A01 SmartNICs the RJ45 and SMA ports on the external time synchronization connector are replaced by separate RJ45 and SMA time synchronization connectors.
SmartNIC outputs a PPS signal on the external time synchronization connector enabling synchronization of third-party equipment to the SmartNIC time stamp clock

ntservice.ini configuration

This ntservice.ini code line configures the NT SmartNIC for the setup in Illustration.

TimeSyncConnectorExt1 = PpsOut