You may or may not be aware that Google provides a public NTP server. They provide a free, global time service that you can use to synchronize to Google’s atomic clocks.
What is NTP?
The Network Time Protocol (NTP) is used by hundreds of millions of computers and devices to synchronize their clocks over the Internet. If your computer sets its own clock, it likely uses NTP.
How is Google Public NTP different?
Google Public NTP serves leap-smeared time. They use this technology to smoothly handle leap seconds with no disruptive events.
They implemented Google Public NTP with their load balancers and their fleet of atomic clocks in data centers around the world.
Try it out
- Configure your network settings to use
time.google.comas your NTP server.
- Or, read the configuration instructions.
We recommend that you don’t configure Google Public NTP together with non-leap-smearing NTP servers.
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