Approved & Proposed IEEE Smart Grid Standards
C37.238-2011 IEEE Standard Profile for Use of IEEE Std. 1588 Precision Time Protocol in Power System Applications
This standard specifies a common profile for use of IEEE 1588-2008 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) in power system protection, control, automation and data communication applications utilizing an Ethernet communications architecture. The profile specifies a well-defined subset of IEEE 1588-2008 mechanisms and settings aimed at enabling device interoperability, robust response to network failures, and deterministic control of delivered time quality. It specifies the preferred physical layer (Ethernet), higher level protocol used for PTP message exchange and the PTP protocol configuration parameters. Special attention is given to ensuring consistent and reliable time distribution within substations, between substations, and across wide geographic areas.