ISC to Provide New Home for Network Time Protocol Project's Public Services
Redwood City, CA -- The widely-used public services of the Network Time Protocol (NTP) Project are moving to Internet Systems Consortium (ISC). NTP is the protocol that allows the clocks of computers to synchronize over a network with definitive time servers. One example of an industry dependent on accurate time is the communications industry. From consumer telephone service and military satellites to network broadcasting and cable television, accurate synchronized time is essential. The NTP Project ( http://www.ntp.org/) provides a reference implementation of the software for definitive time servers that has been in use for over twenty years and continues to evolve.
Harlan Stenn, NTP Project Manager stated, "We accepted the invitation of ISC to provide a home for the NTP public services in order to improve the user experience. The overall design and development of the NTP Project continues to be driven by Professor David Mills at the University of Delaware."
The NTP Project will participate in the Hosted@ ISC programme. This successful long running programme provides other non-profit or public benefit software development groups increased public access via a high availability environment with strong administrative support. "One of ISC's founding principles is providing open-source software supporting core Internet protocols including BIND (DNS), DHCP, and INN (NNTP). We are happy to welcome the NTP project's public services into the fold," commented, Peter Losher, Hosted@ ISC Programme Manager.
ISC provides a number of Operational Programs and Services that benefit users of the Internet directly and indirectly. Hosted@ISC provides direct public benefit by increasing the availability of Open Source software such as Open Darwin, NetBSD and Xfree86. Hosted@ISC also provides distribution resources for Mozilla, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and the Linux Kernel. Generous donations from ISC supporters fund all ISC activities and programmes. Iron Systems (http://www.ironsystems.com) has donated the hardware that will be used to provide NTP's public services in the Hosted@ISC programme.
NTP is a protocol designed to synchronize the clocks of computers over a network. It has been in use (and evolving) for over twenty years. For more information please visit our website at: http://www.ntp.org
NTP Project Contact: Harlan Stenn, Stenn@ntp.org
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