NIST NTP servers

Lamar Owen lowen at
Wed May 11 18:23:59 UTC 2016

On 05/11/2016 12:05 AM, Joe Klein wrote:
> Is this group aware of the incident with &
> on November 19. 2012 2107 UTC, when the systems lost 12
> years for the period of one hour, then return?

I remember it like it was only four years ago.... oh, wait....

We have multiple sync sources ourselves, with a Symmetricom (formerly 
Datum) SSU2000 setup with a cesium PRS, a rubidium secondary, and an 
ovenized quartz for tertiary oscillators.  SSU2000 architecture is 
separate control and data planes, with time-sync on a different 
interface from the LAN-facing NTP NIC.  And the control plane is 
firewalled off from the main LAN.  An Agilent (now Symmetricom) Z3816 is 

PC and SBC (RasPi, etc) oscillators are just not accurate enough for 
Stratum 1 standards; at best stratum 3 or 4, even when directly 
GPS-disciplined (stratum is NOT just a synonym for 'level' as a 
particular stratum really has stability, precision, and accuracy 
requirements).  WWV plus GPS; GPS as you may or may not be aware, is 
spoofable and is not as accurate as one might want.  Neither is WWV.

Good reference for time-nuts is, well, the 'time-nuts at' mailing 

(We're a radio astronomy observatory; accurate time and frequency 
standards are  a must here, especially as position accuracy of radio 
telescopes approach tens of arcseconds).

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