[ntp:questions] Re: ntpd -x

Joel Shellman joelshellman at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 27 17:31:34 UTC 2006

Excellent analysis. This is why we have config
files--to configure systems to the specific
application of them.

In your example, personally I think the ideal response
would be a hybrid of 1 and 3: step the clock so we're
sane and continue and  immediately dispatch the
"repair" crew to find out what went happened because
it might be something seriously wrong.

In our situation, system uptime is less important than
security. If there is any indication that security has
been compromised (such as a sudden changing of the
clock), the system should shutdown until someone can
identify the bad behavior and ensure the system is
secure. We do NOT want the system processing any
requests if there is any question that there has been
or might be a compromise.

Flight dispatching is different--you want the system
to run as best it can regardless if it is compromised.

--- "David L. Mills" <mills at udel.edu> wrote:
> Your flight dispatcher machines are running just
> fine and one of them 
> suddenly veers off course by one hour. Your
> application is airt traffic 
> control. Your choices are:
> 1. Immediately shut down the timewarper and dispatch
> a repair crew.
> 2. Force the timewarper to slew, even though it will
> take a week to slew 
> within one second, your sanity limit. During most of
> the week the warper 
> clock will be ahead of the rest by more than the
> sanity limit. Of 
> course, a rew airplanes might collide, but will
> crash in monotonic order.
> 3. Step the clock back, possibly confusing flight
> planning, but at least 
> all planning is to the same clock and nobody
> crashes.
> Comments from your database gurus, ALPA and PATCO
> would be highly prized.
> Dave

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