We consider the problem of achieving coordinated actions in a real-time distributed system. In particular, we consider how closely (in terms of real time) processors can be guaranteed to perform a particular action, in a system where message transmission is guaranteed, but there is some uncertainty in message transmission time. We present an algorithm to achieve optimal precision in arbitrary networks. In networks where clocks run at the rate of real time, the optimal precision achievable in a network is exactly how tightly clocks can be guaranteed to be synchronized. © 1985.