[ntp:questions] Re: NTP4 has 3 different time formats! Namly(32, 64, 128) bits wide
Richard B. Gilbert
rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Fri Jul 14 15:18:03 UTC 2006
David J Taylor wrote:
> Danny Mayer wrote:
>>Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
>>>NTP could do worse than to adopt the VMS 64 bit time format. IIRC it
>>>was a count of 100 nanosecond "ticks" since some date in (I think)
>>18 November, 1857 to be exact! See, I still remember!
> I often wondered why that base was chosen - something to do with the
Something to do with the Smithsonian and an astronomer's star catalog.
One suspects that these various base dates were chosen by rolling dice,
flipping coins, or picking them out of a hat. They all work. More or less!
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