The International Timing & Sync Forum is the largest conference in the network sync industry, showcasing solutions for telecoms, finance, broadcast, smart grids, IoT, distributed data centers, transport and defense. It’s the place to be for news of the latest technology for precise and stable time and sync from leading manufacturers, together with the latest in standards and standards roadmaps. This year, there were a record number of attendees with over 300 international delegates.
Oscilloquartz innovation is always a key part of the conference, and our experts play a central role in the event’s workshops, presentations and showcases. The home of ITSF for 2022 was Dusseldorf, Germany, where our team was on hand to demonstrate the comprehensive capabilities of our timing toolkit to meet all network synchronization requirements, from syncing radio access networks and small cells to enabling communication service providers to deliver time as a service.
Our presentations included Ken Hann talking “sync on tap.” He discussed our new OSA SoftSync™ client software, which adds advanced PTP timing technology to server-hosted applications, and the OSA 5400 M.2, which brings precise timing to COTs servers or even virtual machines. The session outlined how, for a low total cost of ownership, OSA SoftSync™ creates an end-to-end synchronization architecture able to meet the needs of advanced time-critical services. This will be invaluable for 5G, financial institutions, data center networks and other time-critical applications.
Jeremy Thomas covered precise and assured timing for enterprise networks, outlining the evolution of enterprise sync and looking at how future technology will deliver new levels of timing stability. This is an especially important issue in the financial sector, where it’s vital to have reliable, traceable and precise timestamping that operates securely and meets regulations. The session also explored the growing number of organizations who are now looking to outsource their timing infrastructure and capabilities.
A session on the role of ePRTC systems in data center synchronization was delivered by Igal Pinhasov. Accurate timing is essential for effective operations, and an ePRTC source can offer the levels of precise synchronization required while also removing vulnerability to GNSS outages. Igal explained how, with our optical timing channel (OTC) technology, PTP-optimized optical transport can be used to distribute accurate timing all the way from the core of the network to the edge. Utility communication networks are a good example here. As they digitize and evolve into smart grids, ePRTC and OTC offer a way to disseminate time all the way from the core to substations with nanosecond precision and robust protection from GNSS vulnerabilities.