[time-nuts] NIST time services

Chris Albertson albertson.chris at gmail.com
Wed Mar 19 12:50:36 EDT 2014

So they want to in-invent NTP?

I think NTP already services way more than 6.5 billion per day.  The
problem with NTP is while it is nearly optimal and provides the best
time accuracy for a given hardware/network setup it is not technically
"traceable" even if the time really is from NIST indirectly.

I think you could fix this traceability problem with some rules about
how to write the configuration files, no new software.   For example
NTP already handles cryptographic authentication.   Make the use of
this monitory so that then you know you are talking to a NIST
referenced server.

On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM, Tom Van Baak <tvb at leapsecond.com> wrote:
> If you can design a system that can handle 6.5 billion requests per day, this opportunity is for you...
> https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DOC/NIST/AcAsD/RFI_InternetTimeServiceComments/listing.html
> Solicitation Number: RFI_InternetTimeServiceComments
> Synopsis:
> Added: Mar 18, 2014 9:46 am
> SUMMARY: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Commerce, seeks information from the public on NIST's potential transition of time services from a NIST-only service to private sector operation of an ensemble of time servers that will provide NIST-traceable time information in a number of different formats over the public Internet.
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Chris Albertson
Redondo Beach, California

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