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Theme fund: NGI0 Entrust
Start: 2023-04
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Strengthening NTP and NTS in ntpd-rs

Memory-safe implementation of IETF time standards including NTPv5 and NTS

NTP is one of the building blocks of the internet, and it and its security improvements are, therefore, of vital importance for a safer internet. Over the last year, we have created a new implementation of the Network Time Protocol called ntpd-rs, which includes Network Time Security support.

In this project, we will work on growing adoption and strengthening our implementation. On the one hand, that means expanding platform support, packaging options, and implementing improvements suggested by early adopters. On the other hand, we see the need to increase the usability of NTS, which is not deployed widely. By contributing to improvements of NTP (NTPv5) and exploring the creation of an NTS pool, we aim to foster NTS adoption.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.