Brussels / 31 January & 1 February 2015


Harlan Stenn

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Harlan has been writing astonishingly portable C code since the early 1980s. He became interested in the issues around timekeeping on computers in the early 80s, and started contributing to the NTP Project in the 90s. Shortly thereafter he became the project manager/release engineer/code monkey. OK, the Janitor. Or if NTP was Dave Mills' baby, I became its baby-sitter.

Watching the NTP workload grow faster than our volunteer crew could handle, and with no way to receive financial or hardware donations, I decided the best way to move forward would be to create an organization to support the effort. It was also clear to me that an "NTP Foundation" would have too narrow a scope, so in mid-2011 I started Network Time Foundation (NTF), with the mission to provide direct services and support to improve the state of accurate computer network timekeeping. NTF now works with several time-related projects, including NTP, PTPd, Linux PTP, GPSD, RADclock, and a new effort, the General Timestamp API and Library. The GTSAPI is a way to make sure that a timestamp contains enough information to be useful outside of the system on which it was "taken".



Title Day Room Track Start End
NTF's General Timestamp API and Library
Current timestamps suck. We can do much better.
Sunday K.1.105 (La Fontaine) Time 16:00 16:50