[ntp:questions] Quality vs. Quantity

Jan Ceuleers jan.ceuleers at computer.org
Mon Mar 24 15:18:55 UTC 2014

On 03/24/2014 03:53 PM, Paul wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 12:26 AM, Danny Mayer <mayer at ntp.org> wrote:
>> That's a misconception. While I trust Richard Schmidt in what he says,
>> that's is not what you think he says.
> It's hard to misinterpret "590SG load balancers" and :
> "It is the load balancer's duty to assign each incoming NTP request to one
> of the available servers, balancing the load by round-robin, weighted
> round-robin, least active connections, or other algorithm. Each NTP server
> returns packets to the load balancer for forwarding back to the requestor."

But I wonder what an active "connection" is in this context, since NTP
sits atop UDP. Do the load balancers track whether an association has
been mobilised, and if so do they ensure that a particular client is
always served by the same server, at least if the poll interval is


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