NTF’s 2017 Q1 – Q3 Accomplishments
Update to our Community
First, we want to thank all our generous members and donors. As a nonprofit organization, it is all of you who help Network Time Foundation produce and maintain the most reliable, secure and trusted open source network time software, which is so vital to the infrastructure of our modern world.
- NTF published ntp-4.2.8p10, an NTP security update, on March 21st. The update includes 6 medium-severity and 4 low-severity security fixes, along with 15 minor bug fixes and some small improvements.
- Significant progress has been made with new Extension Field processing, which will allow NTF to integrate the work done on NTS (Network Time Security — the replacement for Autokey), and provide a number of planned, new Extension Fields.
- Harlan Stenn, Bruce Korb, Danny Mayer, Sue Graves and Richard Welty participated in several IETF ntpwg (NTP Working Group) and NTS development meetings.
- Harlan Stenn submitted several drafts to the IETF for Extension Fields, and NTS-related code work.
- Volunteers brought several network switches and servers online at ServerCentral in Chicago, new switches in Fremont, and new switches and servers in Talent.
- In Q1, NTF added a part-time contractor, Koni Burrow, as Social Media Manager.
- Several new volunteers joined the organization.
- Mark Graff joined our Board of Directors in April.
- In Q1, NTF conducted a survey to encourage input from members about improving NTF services and communications.
- In May, NTF delivered our reports for our third annual financial audit to Richard Brewster, CPA.
- In June, we contracted to have our website redesigned. The new site will be more mobile-friendly and will include a store.
- Also in June, NTF received a large donation of used hardware from Automattic, which is being reconfigured and will be put into service by Harlan and Joe Greco, one of our volunteers.
- In September, we hired two new part-time contractors: Laura LeHew (Administrative Management) and Victoria Sage (Special Projects). Sue Graves stepped down from her .5FTE role as Director of Client Experience.
- In September, we received our audited financial statements from Richard W. Brewster, CPA, PC, and the draft of our IRS 990 from Randy Jentzsch & Co., CPA.
- New institutional memberships were received from Facebook, Cox Communications, Nimbus/Alibaba Group and PublicNTP.
- Institutional memberships were renewed by Yahoo, BlueCoat/Symantec, Infoblox, Meinberg, Microsemi, Spectracom and an anonymous large corporation.
- NTF had 32 new and renewed individual members, and several bigger one-time donors.
- NTF was accepted as a participant in the Combined Federal Campaign for a second year.
- A $10,000 Mozilla Grant was awarded to NTF to partially defray the costs of the ntp-4.2.8p10 security release.
- In Q2, Linux Foundation/CII reallocated the $36,000 they didn’t spend on Ntimed last year and gave it to NTF for NTS (Network Time Security) development work, paid over three months. The final payment was in September, after which the Linux Foundation said they would no longer support NTP or any time-related open source projects in their 2017-2018 fiscal year.
- NTF received an “in-kind” grant from Google for $10,000 per month in AdWords.
- PublicNTP joined NTF as an NTP consortium member, and we are working in collaboration to promote PublicNTP services around the globe. PublicNTP is also assisting Network Time Foundation with its website and some other IT projects and services.
In the News/Events
- 23 December 2016: Martin Burnicki of Meinberg published the technical paper Leap Smearing Test Results.
- 30 January 2017: Paul Gear gave a talk about NTP and time synchronization at LinuxCon called The School for Sysadmins Who Can’t Timesync Good and Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too.
- 8 February 2017: An article was posted on LWN.net by Bruce Byfield entitled A Rift in the NTP World.
- 4-5 April 2017: Harlan presented a poster session at the Workshop on Synchronization and Timing Systems (WSTS) in San Jose, CA.
- 4 June 2017: Harlan was interviewed by Mark Graff on CyberMattersRadio.com – Hidden Heroes edition.
- 27 August – 1 September, 2017: Steve Sullivan and Harlan Stenn participated in the Plugfest at ISPCS in Monterey, CA.
- 7 September 2017: Paul Gear presented at AusNOG on the Past, Present and Future of NTP.
- 12-13 September 2017: Steve Sullivan attended the Open Source Summit in Los Angeles, CA.
For more than 30 years, the people behind NTF have been quietly and diligently spearheading the development of the standards that communicate time across the network, and producing the best-quality secure, robust and reliable open source software to make that happen.
If you want our efforts to grow, become a member of one or more of NTF’s consortia and help us better address your network time-related needs. Donations above and beyond membership, including full and partial project sponsorships, are also needed and appreciated. All funding supports NTF-sponsored projects, such as NTP and LinuxPTP and the community at large.