[ntp:questions] Looking for a NTP stratum 2 appliance

Charles Elliott elliott.ch at comcast.net
Wed May 31 12:23:47 UTC 2017

There is a way of securing a free NTP appliance, but I am not sure, but it
might be limited to Stratum 1, and it has to be public facing.  And the
network connection must not be asymmetric.  All the recipient has to do is
pay the operating cost (electricity and maintenance).  The latter might be
an issue though, since none that I have been acquainted with have stayed
live for any considerable period, e.g., USTime Corp.

Judah Levine (Judah.levine at nist.gov, jlevine at boulder.nist.gov,
judah.levine at colorado.edu) has available NTP appliances for people who are
willing to provide public time servers.  The criteria for receiving one are
fairly strict.

Charles Elliott

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Subject: Re: [ntp:questions] Looking for a NTP stratum 2 appliance

On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 11:31:27AM +0000, Matthew Huff wrote:
> For the last 20 years I've run our stratum 2 ntp servers under Solaris
then Linux. I'm looking to replace them with an appliance for a number of
reasons. One of the main one is clock stability. We have 2 microsemi GPS
synced stratum 1 servers with rubidium oscillators. I am not looking for a
linux/bsd/unix box running NTP, but a dedicated non-os appliance.

I don't know if such an appliance exists (all I saw that had a real NTP
client ran a regular OS), but I'm curious what problems is the (in)stability
of an ordinary computer oscillator causing. Are the servers supposed to be
able to hold over long periods of time in case the stratum-1 servers fail?

Miroslav Lichvar
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