We actually don’t know the length of the data at layer 2. We can’t even 
guarantee the length at layer 3. Dispensing with layer numbers from now on.

We have three levels we have to concern ourselves with:


The only layer we know the size of is the UDP layer. The Ethernet layer can 
have VLAN tag. Yes, it’s only 32 bits, but error is error. The IP layer may 
have option headers. This is rare with IPv4, but not with IPv6.

The only way to correct the hardware timestamp is to know the entire length of 
the frame at the Ethernet level. I don’t see how this happens without using raw 

The formula would be: timestamp += (ether_bytes + 4) * 8 / link_bps.


> On Nov 21, 2016, at 00:30, Miroslav Lichvar <mlich...@redhat.com> wrote:
> We know the length of the
> transmitted data at layer 2. Maybe we could use the same length of the
> headers for received packets on the same interface? The link speed
> should not be too difficult to get. Can you suggest a formula?

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