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MAN-AFT-0001 - Güralp Affinity - User's Guide

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1. Preliminary Notes 2. Introduction 3. The Affinity documentation 4. Getting Started 5. Connections 6. ADC configuration 7. Sample-clock Timing 8. Digital I/O 9. ADC Calibration 10. The Borehole Hanger 11. Revision History

Section Index: 7.1. Direct GPS mode 7.2. PTP mode

Chapter 7. Sample-clock Timing

All Platinum systems offer a choice of timing modes. The modes available on the Affinity are:

For the Affinity, the recommended timing mode is Direct GPS. This offers the highest accuracy of all available options.

The Platinum manual describes Direct GPS mode, NTP mode, Manual mode and CD24/DM24 with GPS modes. This chapter duplicates the Direct GPS mode section and provides information about PTP mode, which is unique to the Affinity.

To configure the Timing mode using the web interface select:

Configuration → Data handling → Timing

The resulting screen first offers a button, , which allows the display time-zone to be set from an extensive list. Note that this does not affect the sample clock – just times and dates displayed in the web interface and log-files.

Clicking the button shows the following window.

Select the required time-zone and then click to save your choice.

Beneath the time-zone selection button is a paragraph that specifies the currently-selected timing mode, as shown below:

You can visit each of the tabbed screens without changing the mode. Each tabbed screen has its own “Set timing…” button, which saves any changes made to data in put fields on that tab and sets the relevant mode, if it has changed.

7.1 Direct GPS mode

7.1.1 Configuration

This is the recommended mode. It requires a physical GPS receiver to be connected.

From the Timing setup screen, clicking the button displays the following tab:

The drop-down menu allows you to select the port to use as a GPS input. Although you can select from the Auxiliary serial port, the Data port, the GPS port and the Sensor Control Port A, this should be left set to GPS port in almost every circumstance. Please contact Güralp support if you decide to change this setting. The menu displays the currently-selected port function for each listed port.

Below the drop-down menu are:

Once any required changes have been made, click to save your changes (if any) and set the system to use the Direct GPS mode.

An acknowledgement screen is displayed:

7.1.2 Diagnostics

When in Direct GPS mode, the main status screen acquires an extra tab displaying the GPS receiver status:

This tab displays various pieces of information about the GPS receiver, including the Fix type (which must be 3D for correct operation) and the number of satellites currently in view.

Note: There must be at least four satellites in view in order to obtain a 3D fix. If the number of satellites is consistently less than four or if the fix is 2D or none, check that “GPS data received” is true and, if it is, consider re-positioning the GPS receiver so that it has an unobstructed view of the sky. If you still have problems obtaining a 3D fix, please contact Güralp technical support for advice.

The Data acquisition tab of the main status screen also indicates that the timing mode is GPS, in the Reference clock type field:

and the NTP tab shows the timing source to be GPS:

7.2 PTP mode

IEEE 1588-2008 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) is a protocol used to synchronise clocks throughout a computer network. On a local area network, it achieves clock accuracy in the sub-microsecond range, making it significantly better than NTP but not as good as accurate as GPS.

The PTP implementation on the Güralp Affinity (ptp4l) requires that a grandmaster clock be present on the same network segment as the Affinity (or all the routers between the grandmaster clock and the Affinity must be configured to allow multicast UDP packets on 224.0.1.129 and 224.0.0.107 for IPv4 or FF0x::181 and FF02::6B for IPv6).

7.2.1 Configuration

From the Timing set-up screen, clicking the button displays the following configuration screen:

PTP requires very little configuration. The following parameters can be adjusted:

Once any required changes have been made, click to save your changes (if any) and set the system to use the Direct GPS mode.

7.2.2 Diagnostics

When in PTP mode, the main status screen acquires an extra tab displaying the PTP status:

This tab simply displays the current lock status and the time that a lock was last achieved.

The Data acquisition tab of the main status screen also indicates that the timing mode is PTP, in the Reference clock type field:

The NTP tab also changes to show that the timing mode is PTP. The message “NTP is not used for data” is not an error: it is there to remind you that the sample clock is disciplined directly by PTP.

PreviousNext

1. Preliminary Notes 2. Introduction 3. The Affinity documentation 4. Getting Started 5. Connections 6. ADC configuration 7. Sample-clock Timing 8. Digital I/O 9. ADC Calibration 10. The Borehole Hanger 11. Revision History