[time-nuts] Olympic time standard?

Magnus Danielson magnus at rubidium.dyndns.org
Fri Aug 15 04:39:05 EDT 2008

F Mitchell wrote:
> Is there a common time standard that all of the timed
> Olympic events are referenced to? I know that Omega
> provides the timing, their logo is on every computer
> that you see. If there is a common reference, how is
> it distributed to all of the events?

The Omega site discloses very little detail, rather statistics on how 
much gear and staff there is.

I could hand them a 2.048 MHz on each venue, but I doubt that they would 
need it. They could have got more timing-oriented time if they would 
have asked for it, but they haven't. I rather suspect that for most 
venues they have local clocks and they have TV generators so the clocks 
of the screen come from there anyway. They mostly need relative timing 
anyway, so I don't suspect a distribution network. The only distribution 
they need is the TV pictures and it's there.


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