WHAT IS NETWORK TIME PROTOCOL?

Network Time Protocol (NTP) is a standard protocol for synchronising the time of client computers on the Internet and computer networks. The protocol operates in a hierarchical manner, each level or stratum serving the next level in the hierarchy. At the highest level of the hierarchical structure is a stratum 1 NTP server that synchronise's to an external time and frequency reference.

The Rubidium atomic clock, the simplest and most compact of all, use a glass cell of rubidium gas that changes its absorption of light at the optical rubidium frequency when the surrounding microwave frequency is just right.

Rubidium oscillators operate at 6834 MHz, the resonance frequency of the Rubidium atom. Rubidium synchronised oscillators have a much higher quality factor (Q) but are relatively expensive. However, manufacturing and design advances mean Rubidium Oscillators are constantly becoming smaller and less expensive. Rubidium based NTP servers can provide a highly stable timing reference but are still relatively expensive.

Ankabut operates a Rubidium oscillators that is synchronised t the GPS system, while not directly acceaasable by Ankabut’s member Ankabut does offer a Stratum 2 Proxy NTP services, that allows both accuracy and security of the original timing source​


How Can an Institution request this Service?

  • For ANKABUT MEMBERS
    If your institution already has access to Reach, our ServiceDesk, please submit a request for Network Time Protocol (NTP) service in the self-service section under the “ Request a New Service ” category. CLICK HERE to access reach.

    If your institution does not have an Ankabut Reach account, please CLICK HERE to request Ankabut Service Request. A member of our IT Services team will coordinate with the relevant technical department at Ankabut and will get in touch with you within 2 business days.

  • For NON-MEMBERS
    Only Ankabut member institutions are eligible for this service. To inquire about the many benefits of Ankabut membership, please CLICK HERE to reach a member of our team.