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Network Time Protocol

Atomic clocks and other time keeping devices all around the planet supply a precise signal.

Network Time Protocol allow clients to synchronize their time by calculating round trip delays and time against signaled time. A kernel interface adjtime() moves the clock.

Abuse of the service will result in a packet with Kiss Of Death (KOD) set which should be respected.

See Also

  • David Mill's wonderful book Network Time Protocol.
  • The newsgroup comp.protocol.ntp