network time protocol

Definitions

General Science

  • noun a protocol that provides an accurate time signal to computers on the Internet based on an atomic clock, which allows local computers to synchronise their clocks.

Computing

  • noun a protocol which provides an accurate time signal to computers on the Internet based on an atomic clock, allowing local computers to synchronise their clocks.

Electronics

  • (written as Network Time Protocol)
    A protocol utilized to synchronize the clocks of computers and devices connected via the Internet. An extremely accurate source, such as International atomic Time is usually used. Synchronizations of better than one nanosecond may be achieved among multiple machines, depending on the source, network conditions, and the equipment itself.
  • (written as Network Time Protocol)
    A protocol utilized to synchronize the clocks of computers and devices within a communications network, using an extremely accurate source.
http://www.dictionarycentral.com/definition/network-time-protocol.html