[ntp:questions] mtp srver load figures?

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Fri Nov 20 00:09:52 UTC 2009

Christoph Weber-Fahr wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm preparing to build a few ntp servers for a somewhat large population of
> NTP-misbehaving boxes (they top out at a 120 sec interval).
Not sure what you mean by "top out..."

> So, to size this right - what kind of request load can I safely throw
> at ntpd on a current Xeon server?
> Is 200 requests per second a problem?
> What do you calculate?

200 should be no problem.

Have you considered using either Broadcast or Multicast?  There will be
an initial volley of requests as each system starts up and establishes 
the round-trip delay to the server.  After that, everybody should shut 
up and listen to the broadcast.

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