Toward an Experimental Timing Standards Lab: Benchmarking precision in the real world
Much discussion has taken place over the relative merits of various platforms and operating systems for real-time data collection. Most would agree that, provided great care is taken, many are capable of millisecond timing precision. However, to date, much of this work has focused on the theoretical aspects of raw performance. It is our belief that researchers would be better informed if they could place confidence limits on their own specific paradigms in situ and without modification. To this end, we have developed a millisecond precision test rig that can control and time experiments on a second presentation machine. In this paper, we report on the specialisthardware and software used. We elucidate the importance of the approach in relation to real-world experimentation.