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

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Tue Jul 18 12:57:21 UTC 2006


Ulrich Windl wrote:
> mayer at ntp.isc.org (Danny Mayer) writes:
> 
> [...]
> 
>>Well VMS always used 64 bits for time. Windows has now added a 64 bit
>>version of time_t and introduced 64-bit time functions. I don't think
>>that the *BSD's will be far behind. Dunno about Linux or Solaris.
> 
> 
> Talking about 128bit time formats or so: With today's computing power (just
> think of MP3 decoders), a switch to BCD coded time in 128 bit should be
> sufficient:
> Byte#: 1 2  3  4  5  6  7  8  910 111213 141516
> Value:2006-07-18 09:26:13.12 1234 567890 123456
> 
> So you'd have significant sub-picosecond resolution and peace until year
> "9999".
> 
> Regards,
> Ulrich

Do YOU want to write the code to manipulate that format?  It looks like 
a nightmare to me!




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