Recent NTP pool traffic increase

Jad Boutros jad at snap.com
Wed Dec 21 02:21:23 UTC 2016


The Snapchat mobile app does not currently have a need to talk with NTP
servers, it was an error. Also, this afternoon we spun off NTP server
instances in Australia and South America to help with the load.

Thanks,
Jad

On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 5:34 PM, Tim Raphael <raphael.timothy at gmail.com>
wrote:

> This was my thought actually, Apple does offer some time services as part
> of the OS but it’s becoming common with larger / more popular apps to
> provide some of these services internally.
> Look at the FB app for example, there are a lot of “system” things they do
> themselves due to the ability to control specifics. Users don’t want to
> have to install a second “specialised app” for this either.
>
> With regard to an ephemeral chat app requiring time sync, I can think of
> quite a few use cases and mechanisms in the app that might require time
> services.
>
> - Tim
>
>
> > On 21 Dec. 2016, at 9:26 am, Gary E. Miller <gem at rellim.com> wrote:
> >
> > Yo Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu!
> >
> > On Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:20:48 -0500
> > Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu wrote:
> >
> >> On Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:11:11 -0500, Peter Beckman said:
> >>> Mostly out of curiosity, what was the reason for the change in the
> >>> Snapchat code, and what plans does Snap have for whatever reason
> >>> the NTP change was put in place?
> >>
> >> From other comments in the thread, it sounds like the app was simply
> >> linked against a broken version of a library....
> >
> > But why is a chat app doing NTP at all?  it should rely on the OS, or
> > a specialized app, to keep local time accurate.
> >
> > RGDS
> > GARY
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> ---------------
> > Gary E. Miller Rellim 109 NW Wilmington Ave., Suite E, Bend, OR 97703
> >       gem at rellim.com  Tel:+1 541 382 8588
>
>


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