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package hlc

import ""

Package hlc implements the Hybrid Logical Clock outlined in "Logical Physical Clocks and Consistent Snapshots in Globally Distributed Databases", available online at



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func UnixNano Uses

func UnixNano() int64

UnixNano returns the local machine's physical nanosecond unix epoch timestamp as a convenience to create a HLC via c := hlc.NewClock(hlc.UnixNano).

type Clock Uses

type Clock struct {

    // Clock contains a mutex used to lock the below
    // fields while methods operate on them.
    // contains filtered or unexported fields

Clock is a hybrid logical clock. Objects of this type model causality while maintaining a relation to physical time. Roughly speaking, timestamps consist of the largest wall clock time among all events, and a logical clock that ticks whenever an event happens in the future of the local physical clock. The data structure is thread safe and thus can safely be shared by multiple goroutines.

See NewClock for details.

func NewClock Uses

func NewClock(physicalClock func() int64) *Clock

NewClock creates a new hybrid logical clock associated with the given physical clock, initializing both wall time and logical time with zero.

The physical clock is typically given by the wall time of the local machine in unix epoch nanoseconds, using hlc.UnixNano. This is not a requirement.

ExampleNewClock shows how to create a new hybrid logical clock based on the local machine's physical clock. The sanity checks in this example will, of course, not fail and the output will be the age of the Unix epoch in nanoseconds.


// Initialize a new clock, using the local
// physical clock.
c := NewClock(UnixNano)
// Update the state of the hybrid clock.
s := c.Now()
time.Sleep(50 * time.Nanosecond)
t := roachpb.Timestamp{WallTime: UnixNano()}
// The sanity checks below will usually never be triggered.

if s.Less(t) || !t.Less(s) {
    log.Fatalf("The later timestamp is smaller than the earlier one")

if t.WallTime-s.WallTime > 0 {
    log.Fatalf("HLC timestamp %d deviates from physical clock %d", s, t)

if s.Logical > 0 {
    log.Fatalf("Trivial timestamp has logical component")

fmt.Printf("The Unix Epoch is now approximately %dns old.\n", t.WallTime)

func (*Clock) MaxOffset Uses

func (c *Clock) MaxOffset() time.Duration

MaxOffset returns the maximal offset allowed. A value of 0 means offset checking is disabled. See SetMaxOffset for details.

func (*Clock) Now Uses

func (c *Clock) Now() roachpb.Timestamp

Now returns a timestamp associated with an event from the local machine that may be sent to other members of the distributed network. This is the counterpart of Update, which is passed a timestamp received from another member of the distributed network.

func (*Clock) PhysicalNow Uses

func (c *Clock) PhysicalNow() int64

PhysicalNow returns the local wall time. It corresponds to the physicalClock provided at instantiation. For a timestamp value, use Now() instead.

func (*Clock) PhysicalTime Uses

func (c *Clock) PhysicalTime() time.Time

PhysicalTime returns a time.Time struct using the local wall time.

func (*Clock) SetMaxOffset Uses

func (c *Clock) SetMaxOffset(delta time.Duration)

SetMaxOffset sets the maximal offset of the physical clock from the cluster. It is used to set the max offset a call to Update may cause and to ensure an upperbound on timestamp WallTime in transactions. A well-chosen value is large enough to ignore a reasonable amount of clock skew but will prevent ill-configured nodes from dramatically skewing the wall time of the clock into the future.

A value of zero disables all safety features. The default value for a new instance is zero.

func (*Clock) Timestamp Uses

func (c *Clock) Timestamp() roachpb.Timestamp

Timestamp returns a copy of the clock's current timestamp, without performing a clock adjustment.

func (*Clock) Update Uses

func (c *Clock) Update(rt roachpb.Timestamp) roachpb.Timestamp

Update takes a hybrid timestamp, usually originating from an event received from another member of a distributed system. The clock is updated and the hybrid timestamp associated to the receipt of the event returned. An error may only occur if offset checking is active and the remote timestamp was rejected due to clock offset, in which case the state of the clock will not have been altered. To timestamp events of local origin, use Now instead.

type ManualClock Uses

type ManualClock struct {
    // contains filtered or unexported fields

ManualClock is a convenience type to facilitate creating a hybrid logical clock whose physical clock is manually controlled. ManualClock is thread safe.

func NewManualClock Uses

func NewManualClock(nanos int64) *ManualClock

NewManualClock returns a new instance, initialized with specified timestamp.

func (*ManualClock) Increment Uses

func (m *ManualClock) Increment(incr int64)

Increment atomically increments the manual clock's timestamp.

func (*ManualClock) Set Uses

func (m *ManualClock) Set(nanos int64)

Set atomically sets the manual clock's timestamp.

func (*ManualClock) UnixNano Uses

func (m *ManualClock) UnixNano() int64

UnixNano returns the underlying manual clock's timestamp.

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