Do 128-bit datestamps actually exist in the codebase?

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Fri Oct 28 10:02:45 UTC 2016

I'm looking at under "NTP
Timescale and Data Formats" It describes a 128-bit "datestamp" format
consisting of an era number, seconds since epoch, and fractional
second, then asserts "The datestamp format is used internally".

I can find no trace of such use in the actual codebase.  Have I gone
out of my mind, or did Dave Mills overcomplicate the documentation by
specifying a supposed primary datatype that is *nonexistent*?

/me thinks he might need a tranquilizer or three.
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