Let's get rid of pivots

Hal Murray hmurray at megapathdsl.net
Tue Apr 18 18:38:30 UTC 2017

esr at thyrsus.com said:
> Hm.  I need to stare at that code some more.  I'm beginning to think the
> pivot is the right idea implemented in a slightly wrong place.  Maybe it
> ought to be applied to in-packet timestamps as soon as they arrive? 

"as soon as they arrive" seems ugly to me, but maybe that's just because I've 
been thinking of using l_fp to compute an offset and using the offset to 
adjust the time with an effective pivot of "now".

An alternative approach would be to get rid of pivots totally.  If we removed 
all of the pivot code and logic from the current code, it will work until 
2036.  How long will it take to implement and deploy a new version of ntp 
protocol with enough bits?

My straw man would be 64 bits of ns.  That's 500+ years.  (if I did the math 

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