[ntp:questions] Time synchronization on an autonomous isolated network

Danny Mayer mayer at ntp.isc.org
Mon Nov 13 13:52:16 UTC 2006

David Woolley wrote:
> In article <pih5h.178546$6l3.2752585 at phobos.telenet-ops.be>,
> "jwm <jwmej at N O S P A M y a h o o . c o m>" wrote:
>> All this should be configured in such a way that no administrator
>> intervention is required. The network should determine itself with which
>> PC's they want to synchronize the time.
> ..
>> Is it possible to configure NTP in such a way that the requirements
>> listed above can be met?
> Your requirement seem to be for the timed protocol, not for the NTP
> protocol.  I believe that there have been some recent enhancements to
> the daemon code to support isolated, consensus building, time islands,
> but I'm not sufficiently familiar with them to know whether they will meet
> all your requirements, and I don't know if they are in the latest Windows
> binary ports (this is a difficult group on which to guess platforms as
> both Windows and Red Hat users assume everyone else uses the same system
> as them - most people who answer here use neither for their time
> synchonisation platform).
That code is in the Windows build as it is the same.

> NTP was designed on the basis that there is one true time.

As a Relativist, I can say that is an untrue statement. There is no
absolute time. All time is relative some something.


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