[time-nuts] NIST time services

Chuck Forsberg WA7KGX caf at omen.com
Sat Mar 22 15:24:16 EDT 2014

I can see a use for an inexpensive GPSDO with a built-in
gigabit ethernet or USB3  port powering an NTP server.

On 03/19/2014 10:21 AM, Jim Lux wrote:
> On 3/19/14 9:50 AM, Chris Albertson wrote:
>> 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.
> They are well aware of NTP.. they serve 6.5 billion a day *from NIST* 
> and that's what they are looking at potentially outsourcing or changing.
> And, of course, there's the "legally traceable" aspect.
>> 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.
> That's very possible, and you could respond to the RFI and tell them so.
> Could you set up a legally traceable set of multiple tiers?
> What would the mechanics of this be?
> That's really what the RFI is all about.. "tell us what you think we 
> need to know"..
> They'll get responses that are overlapping existing knowledge, for sure.
> And nobody is going to respond with something that is confidential or 
> proprietary or telegraphs a future product line, because all the RFI 
> responses are essentially public info.
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