White Rabbit: Sub-Nanosecond Timing Distribution Over Ethernet

Date Added: Oct 2009
Format: PDF

White Rabbit (WR) is the project name for a ambiguous project that uses Ethernet as both, deterministic (synchronous) data transfer and timing network. The presented design aims for a general purpose, fieldbus like transmission system, which provides deterministic data and timing to approximately 1000 timing stations. The main advantage over conventional systems is the highly accurate timing (sub-nanosecond range) without restrictions on the traffic schedule and an upper bound for the delivery time of high priority messages. In addition, WR also automatically compensates for transmission delays in the fibre links, which are in the range of 10km length.