[ntp:questions] Re: NTP4 has 3 different time formats! Namly (32, 64, 128) bits wide

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Tue Jul 11 12:16:56 UTC 2006

Ulrich Windl wrote:
> "Max Power" <mikehack at u.washington.edu> writes:
>>1. The different modes are (in sum and total) a good design decision.
>>2. NTP5, when it is created -- will probably be more evolutionary in design.
>>3. The 32 bits (or 128 bits) mode could be used to get around the times when 
>>NTP fields all go to '0'
> NTP being a network protocol with an implementation: Where in the network
> protocol are timestamps of 64 and 128 bits? Please explain!
> Ulrich

See RFC-1305 page 50.  In the description of the packet format the four 
timestamps are all shown as 64 bits.  AFAIK 32 and 128 bit timestamps 
are a figment of someone's imagination.

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