[ntp:questions] Fwd: [ntpwg] RFC 5905 on Network Time Protocol Version 4: Protocol and Algorithms Specification

David Woolley david at ex.djwhome.demon.invalid
Sat Jun 26 08:51:32 UTC 2010

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> unruh wrote:
>> If in the future, MTC is defined (Mars Time Coordinate) ntp will
>> work equally well there without UTC. Nor should a new RFC be needed
>> simply to have ntp defined with MTC.
> I could see some issues if e.g. the length of years, days, were different?
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timekeeping_on_Mars#Coordinated_Mars_Time_.28MTC.29>
> "A mean Martian solar day, or "sol", is 24 hours, 39 minutes, and 35.244 seconds"

NTP has no concept of hours, minutes, days etc., except in terms of the 
handling of leap seconds.  The second hasn't been defined in terms of 
earth rotation since before NTP was invented.

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