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> I'm curious, do any of the cloud providers offer instances with high-precision clocks?

Essentially that's what Google's doing by selling Spanner, but you don't get access to the clocks directly. I'd guess that as they get more experience selling Spanner, and they bring the price of the hardware down, they'll rent those directly too.

They're planning to offer direct access to the TrueTime API soon according to the post by Eric Brewer.

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