Bug fix to accept absolute minimum value for SET_TIME_THRESHOLD.
Fix Windows uninstaller to remove all files when TimeKeeper is running and delete the TimeKeeper service.
On Linux, synchronize the hardware clock more frequently for out of band systems that rely on it.
Faster configuration collection and tkstatus execution, especially on Windows. Also avoids potential timeouts displaying details in the web interface configuration tab.
Correctly optimize hardware timestamp steering when the primary source is on a VLAN interface hosted on a bond.
Fix memory leak on Windows when exchanging management data.
v8.0.19 - February 25, 2021
Add SET_TIME_THRESHOLD to ease regulatory compliance, particularly in virtual environments with VM processing delays.
Fix to allow skymap images to be displayed when using HTTPS.
Fix to allow timekeeper_cli editing of the timekeeper.conf file on Grandmasters when RADIUS or TACACS+ is enabled.
Allow more time for web logins for cases where slow or unresponsive RADIUS/TACACS+ servers are in use and local authentication fallback is needed.
Less time required to startup and more accurate tracking when starting up.
When a major/minor time source is primary provide a much faster startup that does not require slewing to the minor time first.
Added a new FILESYNC method for sharing client data for monitoring that can retrieve all old data.
Add ability to limit times over which client logs are shared.
Now possible to restrict which client hosts data is shared to limit data transfers.
Do not allow /31 netmasks (255.255.255.254) when configuring network interfaces on TimeKeeper Grandmasters.
Prevent startup issues by validating host time and resetting it on startup if it’s earlier than 5 years before the release of TimeKeeper or greater than 30 years after the release.
Incoming time that is outside of the 5 years before or 30 years after the release of TimeKeeper will be rejected to prevent clearly invalid time.
Increase the delay before accessing a hot-plug PHC device to 1 second.
Fix regression that reduced compliance data collected from Windows clients.
v8.0.18 - October 30, 2020
Reduce GPS offset error under load with VelaSync and Gen 1 TimeKeeper Grandmasters. Issue does not affect Gen 2 TimeKeeper Grandmasters.
Remove support for 32 bit Linux.
Increase the number of network card clocks allowed from 16 to 50.
Fix occasional failed send of announce packet under heavy load.
Reduced overhead when handling PTP management messages which can reduce GPS sync errors.
Fix for sourcecheck to prevent failover to inactive source.
v8.0.17 - August 11, 2020
Fix for false alarms with GPS/GNSS receiver errors on Grandmasters.
Reduced CPU consumption/overhead.
Add MINALERTCOUNT to Compliance to only report clients that experienced a specified minimum number of alerts.
Fix for HTTPS CSR generation that caused invalid attributes to be generated if no attributes were specified (introduced in 8.0.12).
TimeKeeper web GUI now shows which source is primary over time.
If the IFACE specified for a source does not exist, the source is not used.
timekeeper.conf file on unix systems must be readable by non-root users.
TimeKeeper process listing is now simplified.
Support privilege-based remote authorization for user access. Please see “RADIUS/TACACS+ support” section about how authentication behavior has changed.
Fix to allow all interfaces to be available in web GUI on Linux, including those that have not been assigned a network address.
Solaris service management improvements for shutdown timeout and lockfile handling.
Fix to avoid reporting stale TimeKeeper status in some cases.
v8.0.16 - May 29, 2020
Revert so default behavior to send a PTP followup message if non-hardware sync timestamp was found, previously that was not default behavior.
Allow source failover for more cases where time source data may be active but unusable.
Changes to make Grandmaster GPS/GNSS tracking more resilient when under heavy load.
Correct source port for PTP unicast messages. Error introduced in v8.0.12.
Support PTP Peer-to-Peer delay mechanism (P2P).
Fix for issue introduced in 8.0.14 that can cause periodic gaps in source tracking.
Add ENABLE_NIC_BLACKLIST to automatically avoid unstable features known to be present in some drivers.
Fix snapshot view for Windows GUI.
Prevent slow memory consumption on systems with slow storage or high I/O load.
v8.0.15 - April 3, 2020
Reduce overhead of serving telecom profile PTP clients a great deal.
Fix for GPS/GNSS tracking when grandmasters are under heavy load.
Provide clearer TimeKeeper service details when Windows is having resource management issues.
Fix possible GPS/GNSS startup failure on Grandmasters.
v8.0.14 - March 9, 2020
Improved accuracy of GPS/GNSS time source on TimeKeeper Grandmasters.
Properly display hostnames that contain periods.
Prevent spurious GNSS errors being reported on TimeKeeper Grandmaster G2s.
Improved clock modeling which provides better accuracy.
If the unicast PTP sync rate is less than 4 at startup, increase it temporarily to speed initial sync.
Remove support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7.
Reduced TimeKeeper CPU load when interacting with some buggy NIC drivers.
Further improvement for hardware timestamping support under highly loaded systems.
Fix for managing interfaces on hosts with high numbers (hundreds) of interfaces.
Reduce overhead when tracking NTP and PTP client/server statistics under high load.
Disable arcfour, 3des and blowfish ciphers for ssh access to TimeKeeper Grandmasters.
Allow PTP traffic without requiring static routes on hosts providing invalid packet details.
Protect web GUI from terminating Windows processes no longer owned by the web GUI.
v8.0.13 - January 7, 2020
When user moves source within web-GUI list, have its “UNAPPLIED” label move with it.
Add optional support for higher accuracy hardware timestamping on Linux.
Fix web GUI so that the MAJORTIME setting follows the referenced source when re-ordering sources.
Fix for TimeKeeper Grandmasters to correct for rare log rotation issue under heavy disk usage.
Fix bug introduced in 8.0.12 where wrong update time was stored in server’s client log for NTP clients.
Allow more time for hardware timestamp acquisition when under high load, related to feature introduced in 8.0.12 allowing for high PTP packet rates.
Allow TimeKeeper to associate PHC interfaces to more types of network device names.
v8.0.12 - November 8, 2019
Permit mixing of HW and SW timestamps on Solarflare cards since some driver/linux kernel combinations cannot receive reliable hardware timestamps all the time.
Permit whitespace in day-of-week list for compliance reports.
Accept PTP packets from non-standard ports.
Greater accuracy through more robust behavior when small numbers of hardware timestamps are missing/unavailable. Some clients may note rare missing PTP followup messages.
Improved TimeKeeper GM1 and GM2 serving timestamp accuracy.
Reduced memory and CPU overhead in multicast PTP environments.
Improved accuracy from better noise rejection when estimating clock frequency.
Improved accuracy immediately after TimeKeeper starts.
Fix for skymap feature on time serving appliances, bug was introduced in v8.0.11.
Increase allowed temperature range for Grandmaster devices to 105F.
Resolve rare bug where RAID status may not be reported on TimeKeeper Grandmasters, introduced in v8.0.9.
Only log re-resolving DNS names for NTP sources when the IP address changes or VERBOSE_NTP is set.
TimeKeeper no longer includes the Symmetricom BC637 and Spectracom TSync drivers, instead it will use versions installed on the host with the SYMMETRICOM_DRIVER_PATH/SPECTRACOM_DRIVER_PATH options.
Add exclusion of clients from compliance reports based on regex with EXCLUDEDCLIENTSET.
Support client-requested rates for telecom-profile PTP sync and announce messages. Rates can be specified at the client and are obeyed by the server. (See note for PTPSERVERSYNCRATE.)
Changed minimum packet rate from 1 packet every 60 seconds to 1 packet every 64 seconds.
Reduce TimeKeeper’s memory requirements when tracking time sources.
The HTTPS CSR generation process on TimeKeeper Grandmasters can now specify subject alternative names.
Allow up to 32 IP addresses per network interface.
Add official support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15.
Display hostname in web GUI for clients as well as Grandmasters.
v8.0.11 - June 25, 2019
Improved accuracy when hardware timestamps are not available for NTP/PTP.
Improved clock modeling accuracy and noise rejection.
Ensure TimeKeeper service path is quoted in Windows services.
Improved delay modeling and rejection of noisy packets/samples.
TimeKeeper will not reinitialize network interface hardware time stamping if it is already enabled.
Detect and warn in web interface about network interfaces with addresses on the same subnet.
Allow empty challenge password when creating a Certificate Signing Request on TimeKeeper Grandmasters.
Fix regression (introduced in v8.0.10) that disabled SNMP on reboot of GM.
When license file is replaced/updated it is no longer necessary to restart TimeKeeper if only the expiration date changed. If the features/options have changed in the license TimeKeeper will alert that a restart will be automatically performed when the previous license expires.
Add official support for Red Hat 8.
Improved accuracy on Windows Server 2016 and 2019.
Specifying SERVENTP_IFACE no longer affects NTP sources and their intended interface.
Fix communication issue when TimeKeeper is started without access to DNS resolution and using hostnames in source definitions.
Fix for Linux kernel bug on some Skylake processors that resulted in bad clock frequency which resulted in constantly increasing offsets.
When hot-plug PHC devices are added pause before using them to work around race conditions in some PHC drivers.
v8.0.10 - April 15, 2019
TimeKeeper will continue startup even if DNS resolution of a configured PTP/NTP server fails.
Disable unused services on TimeKeeper Grandmasters.
Compliance can now report on issues only related to a client’s primary source with the ONLYREPORTPRIMARY option.
Avoid an error with SERVENTP_IFACE when used on a bonded interface that also has IP aliases assigned.
Fix regression (introduced in v8.0.9) that prevented Compliance report numbers > 50 from being used.
Fix memory leak when periodically building set of clients and sources for Compliance to analyze.
Add hostname and date to problem report name to aid in identification and filename uniqueness.
Add support to optionally output tkstatus information without any truncation. When tkstatus is output without truncation, one-way delay values are also displayed.
Fix NTP server performance regression, did not affect accuracy but just queries/second.
Provide more hardware timestamping support for interfaces with custom controls and VLANs not related to the underlying device name.
Faster startup when primary time source is unavailable and a secondary source must be used.
Alert when an impossible or likely erroneous UTC/TAI offset change is seen from a PTP Grandmaster.
Add support for NTP authentication on Windows.
If the host time is detected too far in the past, set it to known good value before starting TimeKeeper licensing checks.
Fix certain out of disk situations that could cause a partial factory reset on Grandmasters.
v8.0.9 - February 22, 2019
Windows installer and uninstaller improvements.
Accuracy improvements due to improvements in frequency prediction.
Correct previous fix PPS output for limited number of TimeKeeper Enterprise Gen 1 Grandmasters that had reversed polarity output PPS. Fixes PPS output error on G1 Grandmasters introduced in v8.0.7.
TimeKeeper Enterprise Gen 2 Grandmasters now include cable delay in output PPS.
Save latest TimeKeeper start-up information for improved support. The file timekeeper_init or timekeeper_init.log for Windows is saved in the log directory when TimeKeeper starts timing updates.
Fix for sending SNMP traps from TimeKeeper on Windows 2012 and earlier.
Fix hardware timestamps for Solarflare cards using bonding/VLANs on older (pre hardware timestamp) Linux kernels.
Add support for hardware timestamping on Linux teaming interfaces.
GLONASS satellite system is no longer enabled by default.
Enable SBAS and QZSS systems when GPS is configured on TimeKeeper Enterprise Gen 2 Grandmaster.
Support hardware timestamps on VLANs even in cases where kernel-provided details are incomplete.
Compliance now delivers PDFs directly in the TimeKeeper web interface for easier handling of audit data.
Compliance performance improvements in delivering access to audits and more detailed Excel exports.
Provide clearer summaries of client warning and alert details in Compliance audits.
Don’t let corrupted network-configuration file on Grandmaster prevent network configuration from showing up in web UI.
Allow problem reports to be generated in user specified directory.
Fix to prevent extra logging when hot-plug network device events are interrupted.
Add official support for Windows Server 2019.
v8.0.8 - November 20, 2018
Automatically disable remote user authentication when all servers are deleted, prevent it from being enabled if no servers are defined, and disable the other (RADIUS or TACACS+) when one is enabled.
v8.0.7 - November 2, 2018
Add support for hot-plug network devices so that their clocks are steered properly.
Fixes for old Solarflare API (RHEL 5 and similar systems).
Fix to not report “Unknown” oscillator type on GrandMasters when GPS/Oscillator is not primary/active time source.
Fix PPS output for limited number of TimeKeeper Enterprise Gen 1 GrandMasters that had reversed polarity output PPS.
Fix for possibility of spurious (momentary) reporting of TimeKeeper Enterprise Gen 2 GrandMasters in holdover when they are not.
Have timekeeper_cli change hostname immediately rather than upon reboot.
LOWCPU mode will be enabled automatically for high-noise time sources that cause excessive CPU use.
Improved holdover performance through better clock modeling.
Be more restrictive during shutdown to only kill TimeKeeper’s web service processes.
In addition to “M”, recognize “MD5” as representing the MD5 algorithm in the NTP key file.
Add support for sending SNMP traps from TimeKeeper on Windows, in addition to reporting events in the Windows event log.
Support “vsyscall=none” kernel parameter on Linux systems.
Remove Save configuration and Restore configuration from Grandmasters.
No longer force W32Time to use NoSync, instead warn if invalid configurations are detected.
Provide additional HTTPS headers for enhanced web security.
Fixes to record management/monitoring responses from different types of clients.
Updated SNMP MIB revision and last-updated fields.
Removed automated one-click upgrade on GrandMasters due to policy changes. Upgrades of TimeKeeper and the basepackage are done via the TimeKeeper GUI as before.
Fix GUI discrepancy where PTP servers with management queries/responses disabled would display the options as enabled.
Add support for relay hostname with hyphens when entered in the Grandmaster’s web GUI.
Compliance allows custom start and end times and reporting only for specific days of the week.
Fix regression (introduced in v8.0.0) so that TimeKeeper includes hostname in Subject header of email alerts.
Grandmasters now properly alert when inlet temperature goes out of range.
Include more detailed GPS state on Grandmasters and fix possibility of not reporting holdover state on status page.
Fix regression (introduced in v8.0.0) so that TimeKeeper on Windows once again uses the specified IFACE.
Fix regression (introduced in v8.0.0) so that user can update the HTTPS certificate on a Grandmaster.
v8.0.6 - August 26, 2018
Fix occasional lost packets due to Linux errors that mis-identify network interfaces. This manifested as lost PTP sync for brief periods of time.
Request more time from Solaris Service Management Facility to avoid TimeKeeper being put into maintenance mode in some situations.
Fix for hardware timestamps on bonded VLANs with Solarflare cards.
Remove requirement for TSC as the only clocksource.
Fix memory leak in clock modeling. This was introduced in v8.0.3.
Prevent tkstatus.bat error messages when run as non-admin user on Windows.
Fix Compliance issue that prevented clients from having all of their sources included in audits.
Fix the GUI on TimeKeeper Grandmasters when deleting bonds and VLANs.
v8.0.5 - August 2, 2018
Fix for PTP servers and clients when asked to relay local timing client data to remote hosts.
v8.0.4 - July 30, 2018
report_problem.sh, when instructed to upload the problem report, will attempt HTTPS first then fall back to FTP if HTTPS upload fails.
Fix occasional failed send of packets on Grandmaster hardware.
Fix for Grandmaster 10/25G interfaces with VLANs on bonds. Previously this would revert to incorrect active-active rather than the correct active-passive state. Now proper active-passive is configured.
Improved outlier rejection. During periods of rare but large network noise/jitter, TimeKeeper will better reject inaccurate data and maintain time more accurately until network noise decreases.
Fix PTP telecom profile configurations where the wrong network interface was selected by TimeKeeper when it was not the default route.
Updated Grandmaster antenna location map to work with recent Google maps API changes.
Improved accuracy from better filtering that results in more precise frequency estimate.
Fix labeling of Compliance reports via web interface from GMT to UTC.
Fix for VLAN hardware timestamps and specific fix for Solarflare VLAN and bonded interfaces.
Fix for hardware timestamp cards that can only timestamp PTP - Solarflare and Broadcom among others.
Make /var/log/messages readable by admin on Grandmasters.
When displaying weekly/monthly/yearly Compliance audits, provide more clearly empty daily audit summary for cases where there are no active clients/sources for that day.
Fix numbering for the sourceQuality and sourceState SNMP traps so they’re more easily matched to the source with the error.
Bug fix for possible crash when exchanging management data.
Fix for PTP servers delivering unicast traffic in some non-IPv6 environments.
v8.0.3 - June 25, 2018
TimeKeeper now catches installation errors on startup by validating the install and will not start if installed files have been modified.
TimeKeeper will no longer respond to its own PTP GET requests. This avoids unnecessary network traffic.
Add support for Grandmasters to send email using an external SMTP relay.
Compliance reporting speed improvement due to many optimizations - in some cases a 15x improvement in report generation time.
Faster Compliance startup. Previously generating lists of clients on startup consumed a great deal of time with 10,000+ clients. Now it is much faster (on the order of seconds).
LOWCPU option to prioritize low CPU consumption for a given source. This will reduce accuracy and outlier rejection to some
degree but greatly reduce CPU consumption.
Improved accuracy and reduced CPU consumption for higher sync rates (higher than 5 updates per second) on NTP/PTP sources.
Reduce the number of packets sent over the network when hardware timestamps are available since ‘pre-cache’ packets are not necessary.
Problem reports can now be launched from timekeeper_cli on grandmasters.
Added alerting on Grandmasters for early warnings about possible disk failures.
Removed size restrictions on previous Compliance audits when converting data to SQL database.
v8.0.2 - June 4, 2018
Compliance generates reports faster due to improvements in PDF and HTML generation. In some cases a 4x reduction in time needed per report.
On startup log a message when a global parameter is specified for a specific server or source to indicate that it is being ignored and is incorrectly configured.
Previously TimeKeeper would query network cards listed in AVOID_IFACES for very basic information about them. This release no longer does that to reduce interaction with AVOID_IFACES network cards.
Add option (PTP_OVERRIDE_BC_PRIORITY) for PTP servers that allow overriding the upstream PTP priority 1 and 2 fields with configured fields when in boundary clock mode.
Allow TimeKeeper Grandmaster to be queried for system parameters via SNMP
(see the “SNMP MIB” section for details).
Early detection (up to several months) and reporting of a leap second pending when advertised by GNSS systems for generation 2 TimeKeeper Grandmasters.
Allow deletion of VLANs from the web interface of TimeKeeper Grandmaster devices.
Fix issue preventing recent syslog content from being viewable in the web GUI on TimeKeeper Grandmasters.
Allow Grandmaster admin user to run tcpdump.
Allow ENABLE_MANAGEMENT_QUERY and ENABLE_MANAGEMENT_RESPONSE to be set on a per PTP source/server basis for finer control on which interfaces and PTP sources/servers exchange management data.
Fix single-OID SNMP query of per-source data so that it agrees with the results of a walk. Previously, the leaves corresponded to source numbers (minus one); now, the leaves are consecutively numbered and one must inspect the sourceNumber.
Added GNSS and timestamp-type SNMP OIDs for the current source and on a per-source basis.
Fix web UI so that it allows -1 for the web management port (this disables HTTP access while still allowing HTTPS).
TimeKeeper will detect and stop other time sync daemons when TimeKeeper is configured to control the clock. It will not permanently disable any other time sync services but will stop running programs.
Add configuration option ENABLE_COMPLIANCE_DNS to switch on or off DNS resolution for compliance audits. Improves performance with DNS off for compliance reports.
Grandmaster system image save/restore now does not save/restore the device’s serial number.
Grandmaster will now alert when it fails internal health checks. These alerts will be logged wherever configured. See the “grandMasterFaultTrap” section for details.
Make problem report collection easier when the system running TimeKeeper has an invalid network configuration.
Handle longer CLIENTSET values better.
Fix issue where specified TTL setting may not be applied to non-IPv6 PTP sockets.
Compliance generates reports more frequently for intraday checks as well as faster configuration, startup, test cycles and deployment.
IPv6 support is required only if an IPv6 source or server is configured.
v8.0.1 - April 17, 2018
Faster start of Windows 2008 in some cases. Windows 2008 must send NTP queries slower and cannot startup as quickly so do not
attempt to use too many samples which delays startup.
Compliance tab will now show estimated time until all audits are complete and show how long processing of a single daily audit
Fix ‘stripdata’ tool for reducing size of stored data files to handle additional column of data that was recently added.
Compliance now includes the report number in addition to title in the header of generated audits.
Allow user to request sync error threshold alerts to be sent only for the primary source
Reduced number of sockets for PTP and NTP sources. This reduced overhead a great deal on grandmasters and systems serving time.
TimeKeeper will now detect when it is instructed to use a NIC that does not have a valid IP address and report the error.
TimeKeeper, on a TimeKeeper Grandmaster, more tightly controls which interface it replies to requests on. This ensures extra
replies are not sent on incorrect interfaces which avoids unnecessary and incomplete ARP requests.
Remove PTP logmessageinterval workaround in announce messages. Previously TimeKeeper would advertise a lower message rate than it
actually used to support some buggy PTP clients that timed out earlier than they should. Now TimeKeeper correctly advertises how
often it sends announce messages.
Improve behavior with higher sync rates by not waiting for hardware timestamps or software timestamps for transmit when they won’t
be available (no hardware timestamp hardware available and software TX timestamps when using unicast messages).
Allow user to request sync error threshold alerts to be sent only for the primary source.
Added Excel file export facility from compliance_query for compliance data.
Windows service will be stopped if the TimeKeeper application stops for 5 or more minutes.
Force the displayed total time spent in a warning/alert state to 0.0 when building weekly/monthly/yearly Compliance audits that have no clients to report in the audit window.
Compliance can now capture and report on upstream accuracy from NTP-only non-TimeKeeper clients.
Fix Compliance issue with capturing alerts at the end of the UTC day.
v8.0.0 - March 16, 2018
Upgrades, speedup, improvements to TimeKeeper Compliance. SQL database access to reports, much faster report generation, more reliable
operation, faster startup and initial reports. See Compliance documentation for details
TimeKeeper web GUI now supports HTTPS even when not on a TimeKeeper Grandmaster, see web configuration for details
Add IPv6 support on Linux for software-only installs of TimeKeeper (not on grandmasters)
Logging of the sum of all time error between a client and multiple upstream servers for recording of “time error budget”. This is the sum of accuracy for each time source upstream until true UTC source is reached. See the documentation for more information.
Previously some upgrade paths on grandmasters did not update all the NIC drivers. This release corrects that so NIC drivers are
always properly updated to the latest version.
SERVENTP_IFACE still binds to device, but socket will not show as bound to specific IP address in netstat.
TimeKeeper Version 7
TimeKeeper Version 7.2.x
v7.2.18 - April 16, 2018
Bug fix for possible crash when using ENABLE_DETECT_ASYMMETRY
Prevent possible crash when processing invalid PTP management data
Prevent crash when trying to manage Solarflare UUID filtering on systems with large routing tables
v7.2.17 - March 5, 2018
Fix for static routes on bonded interfaces on grandmasters. Previously static routes could be lost/ignored on startup on bonded interfaces, fixed
in this release.
Fix asymmetry detection/reporting, previously would not report correct values
Make log rotation behave more intuitively than what the logrotate utility provides. When changing ‘maxage’ to a smaller number
logrotate will leave old files in place. Now they’ll be properly deleted as one would expect.
Add optional alert for sources that are non-primary when they stop responding for more than 3 minutes
Fix cabledelay parameter by correcting inverted logic (sign was previously reversed)
GrandMaster serial number printed at login prompt for easy reference
Updates to take advantage of latest basepackage (v1.12) and updated Spectre/Meltdown fixes
Add support to allow the logging directory to be changed on Windows
v7.2.16 - February 14, 2018
Changes to handle accuracy limitations/packet rate on Windows 2008
Accuracy improvements in the presence of periodic jitter
Removed limit on size of kernel routing table
Add support for binding to a network interface on Windows
On Windows, support all interface types, not just “Ethernet,” and ignore those without an IP address
Better memory management for Compliance
v7.2.15 - January 19, 2018
Allow transparent clock correction in sync or followup packets
v7.2.14 - January 12, 2018
General security improvements to support CVE fixes on grandmasters
Grandmaster factory reset will now reset the IPMI password to factory setting
Reduced CPU use on SPARC
Skip invalid packets/packet data when calculating NTP server egress delay
Added WINROTATECOUNT option to set the number of TimeKeeper logs retained on Windows
Added source IDs to changedSourceTrap text
Support VERBOSE_TCPDUMP on Windows
Added source traceability information to timing log files
Compliance/monitoring only reports configured sources via management query.
Fix Solarflare hardware timestamps for non-hardware timestamp Linux kernels
Avoid truncated input in timekeeper_cli
Bug fix for possible crash on Windows
Update Microsemi BC635/BC637 driver for Linux
Added DONOTROTATELOGSONSTARTUP option to prevent rotating logs when TimeKeeper starts up
Changes to Linux logrotate config so older files are properly deleted, see section on service management for details
Do not log NTP client data from clients that provide invalid data
Improved support for 2nd generation TimeKeeper Enterprise Grandmaster
Increase size of ARP table on grandmaster appliances
Fixes for TAI/UTC offset when steering a NIC directly to a PTP source rather than host clock
Improved accuracy for high rate PTP/NTP sources
v7.2.12 - October 18, 2017
Reduce CPU overhead when not steering system clock
Solaris/SPARC support no longer beta
Updated documentation format
Solaris/SPARC bug fix related to ptp management messages
Fix PPS output on FSMLabs NIC for some configurations
v7.2.11 - October 2, 2017
Optimization so PTP management responses are only send on interfaces they are received on
Fixes for grandmasters that are under heavy disk/CPU load
Solaris uninstaller and init script fixes
Solaris 10/sparc 64-bit support (beta)
Fix installer for Linux 32-bit systems
Add raw one-way delay to existing one-way delay graph in web GUI
Report Oscillator Type in the status report for grandmasters in web GUI
Achieve initial sync faster on Windows 2008R2
Only use well-known ports
Add button to web GUI that sends a test alert
Stop TimeKeeper on Windows 2016 faster
Increase NTP response timeout to 750ms
v7.2.10 - August 7, 2017
Solaris bug fix for clocks that need very large correction
Improve accuracy of initial frequency and offset modeling at startup
Enable global and per-server ENABLE_HWTSTAMPS configuration parameter
Add ALLOW_UNREASONABLE_UTC configuration parameter to accept PTP sync messages whose offset is not known to be correct
v7.2.9 - July 26, 2017
Allow silent install option to apply on Windows when an elevated context is used
Fix bug with running timekeeper_cli on TimeKeeper Grandmasters (regression in 7.2.8)
Remove time adjustments made by other applications on startup for faster TimeKeeper sync
Prevent Solaris from interfering with TimeKeeper steering the time
Reduce amount of PTP lease logging
v7.2.8 - July 24, 2017
Improved clock modeling on Solaris
Fix issue with collecting problem report data from the web on Windows (regression in 7.2.7)
Add support for svcadm on Solaris
Fix case of PTP source without an explicit IFACE setting not receiving intended PTP data
Ensure PTP sync/announce messages use sequential sequence IDs when unicast clients are present
v7.2.7 - June 22, 2017
Update for newer Velasync Rubidium units
Fix for possibly slow startup on Velasync Rubidium units (regression in v7.2.6)
Fix NTPSYNCERRORTHRESHOLD setting
Fix and performance improvement for handling high management message volumes
Support for Solaris 10/11 for 64-bit x86
Bug fix of possible crash and performance improvement for handling high management message volumes
Improved accuracy when steering NIC clock to remote time source directly
TimeKeeper no longer needs gcc on install
End support for RedHat 4, Centos 4 and older distributions
Fix packaging issue on SLES 11 where too many files are included in the timekeeper-config RPM
v7.2.6 - June 7, 2017
Fix for grandmasters to ensure consistent interface names
Update to latest Spectracom Tsync driver
Argument to installer “-s” will prevent installer on windows from requiring shell interaction
More accurate hardware timestamps
Improved accuracy and improved rejection of noise
MONITORONLY source data is not exchanged via PTP management queries
Fix for possible crash with many PTP clients/servers and high management message volume
Add support for “tkstatus” with tkstatus.bat on Windows
Fix for sources tracking PTPv1 grandmasters distributing non-UTC based time
Fix command-line network config to, like web GUI, prevent invalid settings
v7.2.5 - April 23, 2017
Fix case where sourcecheck might not detect all problems introduced in v7.2.3
Fix case where multiple PTP sources/servers may not respond to management queries
Support for more PPSDEV and PPSSOURCE combinations
Support for u-blox devices and multiple GNSSes, such as Galileo and GLONASS
Fix off-by-one error in management data exchange
Support for /dev/ttyACM* devices
All sockets default TOS to “low delay” now
Restore serial number/base package version display on grandmaster hardware
Fix for RHEL 4/5 system frequency bugs for faster TimeKeeper startup
Fix occasional errors with updating temp files on Windows
Package web authentication files with the timekeeper-config RPM
Add official support for Windows Server 2016
Handle management delivery of client data when very slow query rates are used
Fix cases where PHC device could be used for an interface listed in AVOID_IFACES
v7.2.4 - March 6, 2017
Work-around Linux kernel bug that incorrectly sets the commanded clock frequency
Fix for possible false reporting of failed power supply on grandmaster appliances
Fix RPM install so that system startup files are updated properly
Resolve issue that stopped logging of NTP client data if we also receive PTP data about that client
Fixes for Velasync/TimeKeeper Enterprise Grandmaster power supply failure detection
Support for updated Velasync hardware
Add support for SNMPv3 alerting on TimeKeeper clients
Fix for Windows Event Source not being registered
Add configurable ALERTTHRESHOLD and WARNINGTHRESHOLD for Compliance
Disabled reverse path filtering on VLAN and bonded interface on TimeKeeper Grandmasters
Allow PHC devices to be steered directly to upstream sources in additional cases
Prevent sync error alerts when initial sync may not be complete
v7.2.3 - January 17, 2017
Fixes for report problem script when disk space is limited
Fixes for Solarflare specific ioctl when PHC unavailable for VLAN/bond interfaces
service timekeeper status will now return error code when timekeeper is stopped
Add support for Mellanox Infiniband hardware timestamps
Document installation/operation requirements
Fix for passwords that include %%
Prevent umask from limiting TimeKeeper installation permissions
Fix when upgrading grandmasters from very old installs (TimeKeeper 6.3.15 and prior)
Allow disabled sync error threshold throttling with SYNC_ERROR_THRESHOLD_THROTTLE=0
Add Description field for GM network interfaces
Send syslog/SNMP trap/email message when bond active slave changes
Documented required packages for TimeKeeper Compliance - font packages are required
Avoid memory leak on Windows
Fix for Windows service not restarting when controlled from the Windows Management Console
v7.2.2 - November 29, 2016
Fix minimum TLS version supported configuration option
Fix SNMP trap bug introduced in 7.2.1
v7.2.1 - November 22, 2016
Detect NTP marker that NIST uses for unhealthy servers
Drop support for obsolete Solarflare and Broadcom timestamp API
Improved Solarflare support for Linux kernels lacking PHC support
Allow more characters in SNMP community string
Fix for possible crash on Ubuntu 16
Fix for ‘check for new version’ on GUI
Fix so old files will always be removed when rotated
Register with windows as installed and register uninstaller
Fix for network device re-ordering on Velasync/FSMLabs Enterprise Grandmaster
Fixes for Linux PPS API support
Default to sending NTP followup messages for improved accuracy when serving NTP
Allow user to disable older TLS/SSL transports and ciphers for web GUI
Provide better configuration error detection, improve configuration documentation
Detect and alert more cases of other applications interfering with clocks on Linux
v7.2.0 - October 11, 2016
Add support for ARM processors
Add support for Linux PPS API
Add support for Linux GPIO API for PPS input
If PTP/NTP leap second indicator/warnings are received, propagate them to clients
Improve local holdover oscillator disciplining from PTP/NTP
Add support for multiple FSMLabs PPS input cards
Add per-source ability to disable hardware timestamps
Improve asymmetry detection logging
Performance improvements for PTP management messages (far less overhead)
Accuracy improvements for very low sync-rates
Add NTP MD5 authentication support
Alert when primary PTP source changes PTP reported clock class or time source
Improved support for generic NMEA devices - GPS reception mapping
Fix to correct projection on GPS reception sky map
Like PTP, NTP servers can trigger alerts if any of the clients report a sync quality that exceeds NTPSYNCERRORTHRESHOLD
Prevent TimeKeeper from allowing sources and servers on a bond interface member to avoid bond flapping
On TimeKeeper Grandmasters, allow SSH to be enabled or disabled on specific network addresses
Add TimeKeeper Compliance
Send SNMP traps for system clock being driven by something other than TimeKeeper
Always display GPS tab in web GUI if GPS generating data, not just for GM
Add to web GUI per GPS, a Signal Strength tab and, on Antenna Locations map, a marker
Add support for animation of skymap over time to GPS tab
Update bundled Spectracom Tsync driver to 3.20
SNMP MIB discrepancy fix - do not require a trailing 0 when querying the number of sources
Add MONITORONLY configuration parameter
Handle noncompliant NTP server (incorrect reference identifier)
Steer Solarflare oscillators directly as before but in more system configurations
Fix for data consistency issue under certain packet loads
Detect and handle invalid PTPv1 UTC offset information
Detect and handle occasional vendor-specific NIC API failures
TimeKeeper Version 7.1.x
Handle noncompliant NTP server (incorrect reference identifier)
Steer Solarflare oscillators directly as before but in more system configurations
Fix for data consistency issue under certain packet loads
Detect and handle invalid PTPv1 UTC offset information
Detect and handle occasional vendor-specific NIC API failures
Improved leap second performance when server is slewing
To make sure the network is fully ready, systemd integration depends on network-online.target
Correct reported header lengths for some types of PTP management packets
Fix asymmetry detection
Add support for automatic steering and control of custom data processing NIC
Handle case where Linux assigns high indexes to virtual network interfaces
Fix case where two concurrent service start commands could run two instances of TimeKeeper
Catch cases when some gps devices lose utc offset but don’t report it
Fix log rotation of tcpdump files so they are not corrupted
Alert when primary PTP source changes PTP reported clock class or time source
Allow TTL for PTP sources to be editable in GUI
Detect and support hardware timestamping on interfaces named like VLAN devices
Fix report_problem.sh for cases where the log directory is a link
Improved accuracy for MS Windows systems
Better integration with systemd-based Linux distributions
TimeKeeper SNMP tree walks are now much faster
Users can now edit timekeeper.conf from timekeeper_cli on TimeKeeper Grandmasters
Sync error detection now alerts even if sources are so noisy they never achieve an initial sync
Updated TimeKeeper Grandmaster/Velasync basepackage to 1.7 (for CVE-2015-7547)
Allow more types of GPS-backed sources in the PPSDEV section in the TimeKeeper web GUI
Improvements to automatic “health check” tools on TimeKeeper Grandmasters
Fix for web GUI to allow configuration of PPS-based sources on specific network interfaces
Force bonded interfaces on TimeKeeper Grandmasters to always be in active-passive mode
Fix for TimeKeeper Grandmasters where VLANs on bonded interfaces can be removed unintentionally
Fix for polling PPS reads when system time is in the future on startup
Improve performance for some low quality time sources
Handle bad/invalid startup data from some GPS models
Fix for some more than one PPS input configurations
Fix for product/version/vendor info on map in some setups
Fix problem in graphs of ‘client’ timing quality that occurred in some situations
Fix issue with missing problem report data on Windows systems
Fix for possible lost messages in log file on startup
On install, any existing logrotate files will be left as they were on Linux
“timekeeper_cli” allows per-interface routes and rules on bonded interfaces
In Windows GUI, allow users to bind PTP servers and sources to network interfaces with spaces in their name
On Windows, avoid packet processing delays and errors when handling many PTP packets.
Fix for license expiry details reported via SNMP and with “tkstatus”
Fix configuration GUI for PTP Sync Error Threshold.
HTTPS certificates on TimeKeeper Grandmasters are now signed using SHA256
Fix configuration save issue when enabling “sourcecheck” feature on web GUI
Fix configuration save issue when with some source and VLAN/bond configurations on web GUI
Avoid false error in web GUI when user has configured MAJORTIME option on sources
Status page uses satellites in ‘use’ not ‘view’ to avoid confusion
More detailed jam indication reporting on FSM Enterprise Grandmaster/Velasync
Improvements for ‘lowquality’ mode
Faster correction of frequency on startup
Add additional support for hardware timestamping on bonded VLAN interfaces
Specify gzip in logrotation for distributions that use other compression
Fix for tkstatus and service timekeeper status showing wrong status occasionally
Do faster queries for longer on startup for NTP sources to speed up initial sync
Added more configurable options for PTP unicast clients
Fix for startup condition that could cause lack of GPS sync
SNMP community string is now configurable on TimeKeeper Grandmasters
Fix for Symmetricom BC637 when GPS module not available
Fix for older Intel NIC firmware that does not publish PPS events
Fix for startup condition that could cause non-working output PPS on NetCard
Set PTP traceable parameter in announce messages
Performance improvement for tkcat
Fix for tkcat regression that prevent it from reading older/compressed data
Support for bonded interfaces on TimeKeeper Grandmasters
Fixes to configuration interface on web GUI
Support authentication with multiple TACACS+ servers
Add support for a list of administrator users in addition to “admin” on TimeKeeper Grandmasters
Improved timing graph performance
Improved timing map performance, added update age control on map
Faster service startup times when archiving existing TimeKeeper client data
Improve PTP/NTP serving capacity
Faster restart of TimeKeeper when rotating several log files
Fix for possibly NaN results in log files with very high accuracy sources
Improvements to “self” time source for smoother local oscillator tracking
Fix for frequency cross-check with “sourcecheck” feature
Fix for TLV length field in some management messages that some PTP clients report as errors
Improved holdover accuracy when using NTP/PTP as primary time source
Updated TimeKeeper Enterprise Grandmaster/Velasync basepackage to 1.6 (new kernel, new drivers)
Increase serving capacity of TimeKeeper Enterprise Grandmaster/Velasync combined with basepackage 1.6
Fix possible livelock when hardware timestamps were explicitly disabled
Fix possible reversed polarity on PPS output of FSMLabs NetCard
Fix possibility of failed startup due to bad TSC rate
Fix a potential case where GPS state could be incorrectly indicated very rarely on Velasync
Faster initial sync of holdover oscillator on TimeKeeper Grandmaster/Velasync
TimeKeeper can now store logs and data in a configurable location, not just /var/log on Linux
Fix Windows documentation install issue
Make problem report location more clear for Windows users
Avoid case where “tkstatus” and “service timekeeper status” did not provide same output
Work around PTP unicast lease handling restrictions with some Juniper routers
Improve NTP accuracy
Fix possible crash on Windows with certain network devices
Web timing graphs visibly disable a source when there’s no data for the selected time window
Fix WEB_MANAGEMENT_IP bug that caused it to not work properly
Fix graphing issue with some NTP servers that reply with spaces in their data
Display Hardware Vendor on timing map for PTP nodes
Fix to allow disabling hardware timestamps again
Add beta MIPS64 support
Add Windows support
Improvements in accuracy for all sources
PTP client/server can now use syncrate up to 128 per second
Support hardware timestamping on bonded interfaces
GUI performance improvement when many sources are active
PTP serving correction to properly advertise when in holdover state.
Velasync/TimeKeeper Grandmaster output PPS will now match system time when operating in non-GPS mode
Updates and Improvements to Timing Map
TimeKeeper Version 7.0.x
Fix status when tracking a Spectracom TSync card with 0 satellites
Disable reverse-path filtering to allow PTP serving on misconfigured networks
Accuracy improvements for NTP/PTP client mode
Improve accuracy of NIC oscillator steering
Fix for TimeKeeper segv on startup when initialization fails
Add option to steer appliance oscillator from non-GPS sources
Fix for appliances that could show periodic outages without proper DNS setup
Improvements to oscillator steering on Velasync/TimeKeeper Grandmaster
Ensure IPMI time is correct on TimeKeeper Grandmaster systems
Fix for ‘status’ tab that could cause it to be blank occasionally
Allow IPMI network gateway to be set for TimeKeeper/Velasync appliances
Fixes to detect and reject malformed PTP data
Avoid sending license alarms until they’re necessary
Detect and reject invalid satellite details when building signal strength map
More detailed information when alerting about RAID device failures on TimeKeeper Grandmasters
Fix PHC steering in the case where the NIC is steered directly to the upstream source and that source is lost
Fix regression in network timing map where nodes may not be connected accurately
TimeKeeper Grandmaster allows restoration of original /etc/timekeeper.conf via “timekeeper_cli” tool
Fix for TAI timescale PTP client leap second bug
Handle case where multiple connect/disconnect cycles of antenna can cause unstable GPS frequency
Add GPS tab to appliance to display signal strength map and location map
Fix problem with RS232 PPS input on 32-bit systems
Do not emit traps/alarms when switching sources during startup, only during normal operation
Always force timezone to UTC on TimeKeeper Grandmasters for logging consistency
Fix for installer for case where an invalid license file is provided
Fix web GUI issue when saving recently added options
Fix issue where very long SNMP traps/emails/syslog messages could be truncated
Improve accuracy/tracking of low-quality time sources with adaptive smoothing
Remove cosmetic problem of message in logs of related to sfc_read_skew
Fix regression (from 7.0 release) that meant very low quality sources were not handled as well as they could be
Fix for NTP specification ambiguity so root dispersion/delay are handled properly no matter the NTP client/version
Accuracy improvements with all source types when system frequency is less stable
Fix bug introduced in v7.0.0 for Tsync cards that have no GPS module (only PPS)
Make VERBOSE_NTP configurable via the web interface
Add ENABLE_SATELLITEDATA option and collect detailed GPS satellite angle/signal data
Web interface specifies default PTP priority values in PTP server configuration
TimeKeeper Grandmaster now reports GPS state on status page even when using another source
TimeKeeper Grandmaster provides a simpler ‘GPS source’ selection
TimeKeeper Grandmaster also now allows user to configure gateway and reboot appliance from the command line with timekeeper_cli
Fix chassis state information on Velasync
Correction to frequency graph axis label - ticks/second is now properly labeled as PPB change
Avoid opening any PHC devices related to an interface named in AVOID_IFACES
Disable per-device gateway settings on TimeKeeper Grandmasters, replaced with advanced routing capabilities
TimeKeeper Grandmaster supports configuration of policy based routing via timekeeper_cli
Update to 10G grandmaster network drivers to support new hardware
More improvements in NTP accuracy when hardware timestamps are available
Do not cause unnecessary ioctl messages from Solarflare cards
Prevent potential web interface restarts under heavy load
Raise process limits on TimeKeeper Grandmaster
Control time on Solarflare cards even when Linux API is not available (useful for SolarCapture and PPS output)
Grandmaster configuration of IPMI GATEWAY works correctly now
Expand holdover support for devices that can support it (Spectracom TSync and others)
“tkstatus” command does not show PHC/NIC time devices (sources 100+)
Fixes for “service timekeeper status”
Greatly reduce overhead of PTP/NTP serving which also increases client capacity of grandmasters
Reduced memory footprint
Add ability to detect/report asymmetric network links
TimeKeeper threads now show their function in certain “ps” commands rather than “timekeeperapp”
Support for Spectracom SecureSync
TimeKeeper grandmaster bug fix that could interrupt service for a short time when 0 satellites were visible
Fix issue preventing web client graphing involving clients with fully qualified domain names
Fixes for non-primary PPS input on some NIC cards
When tracking and serving a given PTP domain TimeKeeper will not
TimeKeeper install no longer requires kernel module or kernel development package
RAID support on TimeKeeper grandmaster
EMAILNOTIFICATION_THROTTLE allows for the optional throttling and bundling of email message alerts
INITIAL_SERVE_ACCURACY optionally prevents serving of time before a named accuracy threshold is met
Support for hybrid mode PTP with Grandmasters from Oscilloquartz
Ability to save and restore appliance configuration state on TimeKeeper grandmasters
timekeeper_cli command line tool to configure some TimeKeeper Grandmaster capabilities from the command line
Basepackage upgrade (version 1.3) for TimeKeeper Grandmasters available to address GHOST glibc vulnerability (CVE-2015-0235)
TimeKeeper Version 6.3.x
Fix for TAI timescale PTP client leap second bug
Faster leap second correction in some situations
Reduce unneeded logging when not in verbose modes
Handle invalid DNS lookups when reresolving hostnames at runtime
TimeKeeper init script now checks for both kernel and user components when checking service status
clock_gettime(CLOCK_MONOTONIC) no longer pauses briefly when clock is adjusted (CLOCK_MONOTONIC was always monotonic before, however)
Fix for bug that could allow time on some NICs to oscillate
Fix issue preventing web client graphing involving clients with fully qualified domain names
Enable VDSO/faster time reads on more Linux v3.13 kernels
Report GPS signal strength in dB Hz rather than percentage
Improvements to “sourcecheck” algorithm to detect bad sources more quickly
Implement CLOCK_REALTIME_COARSE on systems that support it
Prevent incorrect alarms about device state changes with Spectracom Tsync PCIe devices in some configurations
Update in-sync status on Solarflare hardware to support Onload-translated hardware timestamps in some configurations
Changes to handle latest RT kernel scheduler changes from RedHat
Grandmaster alarms when inlet temperature is out of range (temperature lowered to 95F)
Improved accuracy and clock modeling
Changes to support Rubidium unit on TimeKeeper grandmasters
Changes to assist in factory test/setup of Velasync
Improved Solarflare card accuracy
Handle some protocol violations that some buggy PTP implementations on cameras have
Resolve rare rendering issue with timing graph legend in web GUI
Support TACACS+ authentication on TimeKeeper Grandmasters (requires basepackage version 1.2)
Ensure configuration is parsed if possible during service stop, so any options that guide shutdown logic are honored
Fix for default route detection where needed in environments with tunneling enabled
Resolve web GUI issue where raw offset data could be displayed when the user had disabled that metric
On Grandmaster, ensure default gateway can just be set in the general network settings in addition to the per-interface settings
Basepackage upgrade (version 1.2) for TimeKeeper Grandmasters available to address bash shellshock vulnerabilities (CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169, CVE-2014-7186, CVE-2014-7187)
Fix grandmaster bug that could cause it to not report a source state change
Grandmaster will consider “holdover” state as a bad state and
will fall back to other sources rather than staying in holdover even when TimeKeeper
believes holdover is better
Improved randomization to avoid delay request congestion when many
clients are started at the exact same time
When hardware RX timestamps work but not hardware TX timestamps on Solarflare cards use software for all to get better sync
Faster sync for major/minor sources
Raise threshold for reporting GPS signal interference on grandmaster to avoid false alarms
Fix bug that could cause timezone to not update properly
Web configuration of IPMI interface added
Fix for problem introduced in previous version for Spectracom Tsync driver unload
Remove per-device staggering for NIC oscillators - improves SolarCapture compatibility
Better support for selecting clients by IP and netmask range in the web GUI
Web GUI now displays and sorts clients by DNS name, if known
timekeeper-config RPM spec file now solely provides /etc/timekeeper.conf, instead of managing shared ownership with the timekeeper RPM package
Updates to resolve /proc filesystem issues with some 3.14-based kernels
Prevent some configurations from suppressing SNMP alerts about errors in the timing quality of PTP clients
If the TimeKeeper status information reported on the web interface is stale, note that it’s dated for the user
print_licinfo now reports detail about beta releases at runtime if applicable
Timing map in web interface now has controls to handle large maps better
Added AVOID_IFACES parameter to avoid enabling features on troublesome NICs
Allow broader set of password character ranges in the TimeKeeper GUI
Display current network information (such as DHCP address data) for the user in the TimeKeeper GUI
Updates for latest Solarflare driver/firmware PPS support
Improved support for Flareon Solarflare cards
TimeKeeper can collect accuracy, software version and other information from non-TimeKeeper clients and display them
Support for Symmetric active/passive mode to better support Windows 2003 clients
Improvements to graphing tools in web interface - better zoom control with sliders, added option to refresh graph immediately
Improvements to accuracy/stability of TimeKeeper Grandmaster
Prevent kernel module from being deleted while trying to rebuild .ko to match host kernel, in case host does not have build tools
Reduced CPU usage across the TimeKeeper application
TimeKeeper Grandmaster now uses local system account details for authentication
Improved graphing when time sources report nonsense values - for easier detection of nonsense
Enable hardware timestamping on all packet types with Solarflare Flareon cards, even if no PTP sources or servers are configured
Web client interface improved for faster performance, while allowing more clients to be plotted with more intuitive controls
Added optional SERVENTP_IFACE parameter, allowing TimeKeeper to only respond to requests seen on the named interface
Allow TimeKeeper config RPM to be built as a non-root user
Improvements in data report by report_problem.sh script
Fix to unicast PTP implementation that caused clients to not interact with some grandmasters properly
Increase PTP log interval value when serving time to handle some PTP clients that report missing announce messages too early (older version of Domain Time II)
Improved management/reporting for legacy NTP clients
Ability to view logs in web GUI farther in past along with performance improvements
Enable VDSO/faster time reads on more Linux v3.10 kernels
Update to allow using /dev/ttyUSB* as RS232 input device
Grandmaster network card firmware changes (for new hardware)
Grandmaster GUI support for adding, managing and removing VLAN interfaces
The monolithic timekeeper.spec file has been refactored into 3 separate RPM spec files
Provide prebuilt RPMs for a subset of the supported distributions
Provide more information in web status page - last update time, warn if there are no recent updates
Work around Linux clock API issue on SLES 11 SP3 kernels
During installation, the TimeKeeper service status is no longer disabled, so that during an upgrade any previous configuration is retained
Fixes for PTP BMC - in some circumstances UTC offset and other data would not update from PTP announce messages
Improved tracking in environments where negative one way delay times are possible
Fixes for some bugs in GCC that can manifest on SLES 11 SP3 kernels as delayed wakeups
Improved Spectracom PCIe device tracking/noise rejection in noisy PCIe environments
report_problem.sh now collects satellite data from a local Spectracom TSync PCIe card as part of the system summary
Fix memory leak on some new kernels when using PHC devices
Add support for optimized timing calls on 3.5.0/3.5.7 kernels
Automatic PTP source recovery when upstream networking hardware loses multicast group membership state
Avoid checking for Spectracom TSync driver in configurations that do not require it
Log failures when NTP server hostname resolution fails
When ENABLE_RERESOLVE is set continue to run if initial DNS query fails
Fix for automatic upgrade version comparisons
Updates for latest generation grandmaster hardware system chassis status queries
Support hardware timestamping on VLAN interfaces
TimeKeeper Grandmaster appliances now support HTTPS
Initial support for RHEL 7 beta
Fix to correctly start up and take over timing calls when some processors are offline
Improvements to “Time Map” for NTPd self-referencing sources
Significant improvement in NTP accuracy with hardware timestampping
Fix so that kernel module is properly recompiled when Linux kernel changes
Improvements to web GUI - make better use of screen real estate and usability/clarity changes
Support for RADIUS authentication on the grandmaster appliance
Respond to NTP requests on same interface they came in on no matter what routing is - allows multiple interfaces on the same subnet
Changes for grandmaster to not read time when reading GPS data -
avoids occasional bad timestamps
Syscall performance improvement for systems with high processor counts and unsynchronized oscillators
TimeKeeper now provides a walkable SNMP tree and MIB file, along with new separate trap definitions
Data was added to PTP client quality trap to provide more context
Reduced CPU load on grandmaster with many thousands of clients
Grandmaster watchdog will not trigger at low CPU load any longer
Faster disciplining of NIC oscillators
Do not show internal oscillators/time sources in map (PHC devices)
Fix to prevent server disconnection warnings in web GUI when
uploading large base package files over slow links
PTP Unicast/Telecom profile changes to support some legacy client systems
Detect and alert when non-grandmaster licenses are placed on TimeKeeper grandmasters
Users can now enable or disable the SNMP service on TimeKeeper grandmasters from the web GUI
Correct rare lost hardware timestamps when changing IP addresses on
Improvements to client and server unicast PTP to better support more hardware
Handle low-rate PTP sources more accurately
Improved cable delay configuration/accuracy for TimeKeeper grandmaster
Improvements for better short-term stability and also holdover performance on grandmaster hardware
Allow setting syslog/rsyslog destination hosts on grandmasters
Grandmaster base package update to Linux kernel for newer
Improved NIC oscillator disciplining
Fix poor performance with very low NTP sync rates regression that worked in previous version
Add ability to change how long logs are archived on the grandmaster from web GUI
Fix for rare and incorrect reporting of “No GPS Signal” message on grandmasters
Report more GPS reception data on grandmasters
Significant improvement to web configuration interface
Improve source and client web graphing interface
Update time map view to improve performance and make information more clear
Do not run sourcecheck on sources that are in very tight sync to remove noise
Detect and when possible recover from GPS jamming on TimeKeeper Grandmaster
Support for TimeKeeper Pocket Grandmaster hardware
Add support for GPIO devices for alternate PPS sources
Improved performance when using Solarflare and other hardware timestamp NICs
Improved accuracy for PPS output on Solarflare cards
TimeKeeper Version 6.2.x
Add ‘loguser’ to Grandmaster to permit accessing logs and monitoring state
Use UUID filtering on Solarflare cards to reduce card load for better stability
Performance improvements for Solarflare driver with RHEL 6.4, Centos 6.4 and Linux 3.X kernels
Fixes to factory reset on grandmaster and improvements in ssh access
Allow factory reset on grandmaster hardware from console
Bug fix for possible hang when stopping TimeKeeper with a high-priority RT task running on RHEL 5.x systems
Web GUI has more clean (human readable) status/state information about Spectracom TSync cards
Add beta support for Fedora 19
Updates to hardware and software end user license agreement
More improvements for faster/more accurate disciplining of all NIC oscillators (more accurate PPS output on Solarflare cards)
Remove error message for non-errors when reading second port of Solarflare cards on Centos 6.4
Corrections to documentation
Faster/more accurate disciplining of NIC oscillators (more accurate PPS output on Solarflare cards)
Improve accuracy when using low NTP sync rates (long intervals)
Fix bug with major/minor time when major time source is very noisy
More clear (human readable) status/state information on “Status” page
Add support for Linux 3.9+ kernels
If TimeKeeper module fails to load still start timekeeper web so
appliance configuration works properly
New user command tkstatus that prints status of TimeKeeper
Fix bug that could delay unload if user opens /proc/timekeeper_control
Do not require /etc/issue to be present during installation
Configuration option for server to enable/disable RFC 868 support added to web management interface
If WEB_MANAGEMENT_IP is specified, validate that the named IP is a valid local address. If it is, the web interface will
only be accessible via that IP address. If not, TimeKeeper will emit a trap and the web interface will be available on all
interfaces so the issue can be resolved.
Add option to cause occasional re-resolving host names to switch
between NTP servers via round-robin DNS
Grandmaster self-test displayed on status page
Improved logging behavior on grandmaster appliance - means faster log collection for support requests
Collect more information when creating problem reports from the web interface
Fix when attempting to automatically upload problem report and
download it locally
Send alert (SNMP, email, rsyslog) on some startup errors
Intel 82576 specific fix: permit mixed-use NTP/PTP without disabling hardware timestamps
Resolve raw and CSV file download issue with some versions of Firefox
When running the PTP BMC algorithm, prefer sources that specify a lower priority1 and priority2 value in their announce messages
Option to allow missing followup messages to handle some network card bugs
Grandmaster appliance improvements for handling greater load and more PPS inputs
Fixes for consistent behavior across Linux versions and Linux schedulers resulting in better performance when under heavy load
Improved self-test of grandmaster systems on startup
Add support for TIME (RFC 868) protocol and millisecond extension
Fix for cases where saving and applying network settings on Grandmaster would save settings but not restart networking
Only warn about license expiration once per day
Fixes for grandmaster chassis temperature/power supply state check
More reliable startup/shutdown when using isolcpus and heavily loaded systems
Processor affinity change for kernel threads - do not default to the last CPU on start. Instead, move directly to the configured processor right away.
/etc/init.d/timekeeper init script locking to prevent concurrent execution.
Significantly less memory required for serving NTP now
Improved beta support for 3.8 kernels
Now all threads (not just performance critical threads) are bound to the configured CPU
Improved Grandmaster/GPS/oscillator accuracy and holdover
Prevent possibility of reporting incomplete chassis status data in Grandmaster web interface
Added additional timing call takeover safety checks - to ensure safe TimeKeeper startup and shutdown for systems under extremely high load
Prevent possibility of CLOCK_MONOTONIC backward movement (by 1-2 microseconds) on newer Linux kernels. Other clocks were not at risk of backward movement
On TimeKeeper Grandmaster appliances, validate that the web management interface remains on when updating the configuration
Fix management data collection time window problem introduced in
v6.2.5 that can cause excessive memory and CPU consumption as well as
network traffic. Upgrading from v6.2.5 is strongly recommended and
any use of v6.2.5 is discouraged.
Detect if a restart of the web tools indicates normal operation or an error, and warn the user if needed
Fix potential segfault/crash in TimeKeeper management server
Workaround for hardware timestamp bugs in kernels used on Centos/RHEL 6.4
Change packet size for PTP sync and delay request messages to interoperate with Juniper switches better
Pin kernel threads on the CPU number specified in /etc/timekeeper.conf, or use the last CPU if not specified
Interoperate with Arista switches better - wait longer (400ms) for followup messages
Single, clear trap message if license issues are detected at startup regardless of cause - specifics are provided in log file
Grandmaster appliance requires the user to agree to the EULA on first login
Add client-side SNMP clearing traps for when sync error thresholds are restored
Update Symmetricom BC635/BC637 driver
Improvement to frequency estimator and predictor for better handling of noisy time sources
Beta support for Linux 3.8 kernels, including hardware timestamps
Solarflare hardware timestamping has been re-enabled by default since latest Solarflare firmware (v3.3.0-6269) fixes PTP stability problems
Allow processor frequency up to 5.0GHz
Support for transparent clocks (in partnership with Arista)
Better sync quality from improved frequency modeling
Handle cases where remote PPS-based devices are untrustworthy
Added a read-only user capability so non-administrators can use the web console to view data
Avoid potential issues with long SNMP trap messages
PTP sources can be configured to collect management data
Web interface data collection updates for Fedora 18
Expose SYNTONIZEONLY option in web interface
Collect more network device data with ethtool on systems with renamed or virtual network interfaces
Better drag behavior in “Time Map” when user is zoomed in
Clearer error message in cases where management tool is not
Better sync quality due to better noise rejection
VERBOSE_NTP option for detailed NTP logging information (client and server)
On older hardware and old distributions, accept invalid timestamp data from the network stack until TimeKeeper is active and can offer correct data to callers
Do not report license type in /proc/timekeeper output, since authoritative information is available elsewhere
Reduce disk usage of bug/error reporting script on grandmaster configurations
Improvements to PTP BMC when using a grandmaster that has multiple servers
Performance improvements for PTP management message handling under heavy load
Error message added when service is started/stopped as non-root user
Performance improvement for clock_gettime(CLOCK_MONOTONIC,…)
Fix length field in management GET requests
Less overhead in management query/response handling
Improved performance in socket handling
Per-source CABLEDELAY configuration option available
Reduce memory load in client browsers when viewing timing network map
Visual representation of timing network in “Time Map”
Improved scaling of time network management and monitoring tools
Improved security features and detection of bad/false sources
Reduced memory footprint
Improved efficiency - able to handle more clients/servers with
lower CPU overhead while running
NTP queries now originate from port 123 to interact better with some
Increased maximum PTP sync rate
Respect rate change requests from NTP servers - slow down query rate
Add system (linux) log message tab to web interface for grandmaster
Support for Redhat 6.4 beta release
Bug fix to implementation of PTP best-master-clock algorithm
Add support for Solarflare PPS input
Disable HW timestamp on Solarflare cards until updated firmware is available (this works-around firmware bug)
TimeKeeper Version 6.1.x
Performance improvement for clock_gettime(CLOCK_MONOTONIC,…)
When displaying grandmaster network interface information, provide the MAC address of each interface if known
Prevent case where web client can be provided stale configuration data
Avoid locking some web UI elements on Firefox
Workaround hardware bug with UTC update on some GPS PCIe cards
Make rate of alerts from sync error threshold errors configurable
Allow hardware timestamp disabling to be controlled just by the configuration file and not dependent on card type
Fix memory leak
Fix for disabling hardware timestamps on Solarflare and Broadcom cards
Enable VDSO/faster time reads on Linux v3.2 kernels (Ubuntu 12 for example)
Disable VDSO properly on Linux v3.x kernels where appropriate - prevents incorrect timestamps when VDSO is not supported on those kernels
Track Spectratime unit more aggressively during frequency changes
Re-order /proc/timekeeper information so primary source number is always shown
Option to upload new licenses and TimeKeeper release via web tool in Grandmaster configuration
Always run web tools even if license is expired
Fix for selecting a CPU for TimeKeeper to run on that was
introduced in 6.1.5
Fix for possible loss of management data from clients
Fix PTP best-master-clock algorithm implementation in cases where
two PTP boundary clocks used the same grandmaster. Previously this
caused rapid switching of the client between the two boundary clocks
Reduce bandwidth needs when using web management tools, particularly to assist users on slower and remote links
Document SYNCERRORTHRESHOLD as it applies to PTP servers in the timekeeper.conf example file
Reduced network I/O when using web management tools, for better performance over slow connections
Selectively enable management interface on a specific network address for access control
Client monitoring offset range graph on web interface is now auto-updating over the last 4 hours of data
Add LOWQUALITY flag to improve tracking of low quality sources such as NTPd
Fix when NTP server response with KISS field that is unprintable/garbage - safe reporting
Unicast delay responses from Grandmaster configuration were not
unicast in some cases - fixed
Fix bug in Linux kernel for high CPU load that can be caused by
Management improvements for Grandmaster configuration
Improvements in security check for bad time, bad frequency, GPS spoof attacks
Grandmaster web monitoring/control improvements
Windows 7 compatibility improvements
Web interface does not even provide high level status information until login succeeds
Warn when no time sources are declared
Web console breaks configuration options down into sections - sources, servers, and options
Provide support for web management tools on more distributions
Prevent potentially doubled text when viewing client data on web management console
Force new process session when performing a restart
Update web status page more consistently
Resolve transient web management page load problems, also speed up page load
Support for hardware timestamps on Broadcom 1G and 10G cards
Better performance over noisy WAN links
Improved performance/stability of web console
Web console client information is updated more frequently (all data
from clients displayed), more useful initial page for system status
Improved holdover accuracy when no quality sources are available
Improved bad/malicious source detection
Interoperability problems between PTPv1 and PTPv2 fixed
Support for Ubuntu 12.04 and SuSE 12.1
More data for smoother client sync quality graphs in the management console
Allow web management console to store user preferences regarding plotting
Prevent a case where PTP followup messages might be seen but discarded
Better time series labelling on source and client graphs
Users can now set (and retain) preferred graph scalings to better compare data
Installer update - when a license is already present and installed, retain/reuse the license correctly even across partitions
Improved performance of web GUI
Improved accuracy for NTP
Improved accuracy for pulse-per-second (PPS) sources (including RS232/serial sources)
Autodetection of serial port I/O locations
Detection of web browsers with incomplete websocket implementations, link to plugin to assist
Version number change - do not pad version number with leading 0’s to avoid confusion
Trimble GPS source support
Improved PTP Telecom Profile unicast client and server robustness
Management GUI now provides a log tab with recent timekeeper log data
VDSO supported on Fedora 14
Support for emitting syslog events
Improved hardware timestamp cross checking
More consistent logging format across source and servers
“No logging” option that stops logging timestamps
Faster time reads on RedHat Enterprise 6.x series MRG kernels (3.0.x kernels)
Unconditionally create /var/log/timekeeperclients to avoid situations where logrotate did not work properly
Added holdover mode that allows TimeKeeper clients to maintain
low-drift levels when primary sources are lost that are normally only available to atomic clocks
Option to disable/enable hardware timestamps
PTP client configuration can auto-configure TTL in some cases if
the user forgets to configure it properly
TimeKeeper RPM .spec file would create automatic dependencies that
were incorrect - fixed now
Allow users to specify SNMP OID with SNMPTRAPOID
Handle occasional errors on hardware timestamp NICs to continue operation
On install, if /etc/timekeeper.conf exists, it is left in place, and a reference /etc/timekeeper.conf.stock is installed
PTP boundary clocks can now forward on client sync quality information to any upstream TimeKeeper servers
Feature additions to management GUI - break client sync summaries down by IP/mask groups, provide static graphs of offsets, display live offset graphs by IP/mask group, add live netdelay graphs, improvements to the other accuracy graphs
Do not send SNMP/email sync quality traps on startup - only do so after the sync has crossed into the specified sync error threshold range, to prevent large numbers of traps on startup as the clock slews in
Do not send SNMP/email sync quality traps at a rate of more than once every 5 seconds, to avoid trap floods
Reduction of overhead when reading the time - time reads are faster now
Further protection against applications trying to drive Linux clocks
RPM spec file leaves config files in place if they’re already installed and modified
TimeKeeper Version 6.0.x
Workaround for occasional lost PTP followup packets on Intel 82576 hardware
Reference license/configuration files on Arista switches in persistent storage rather than in /etc/ and /opt/timekeeper
More timestamp-related messages now fall under the VERBOSE_TIMESTAMPS config option
Detect common failures on some grandmaster appliances and switch to other sources more quickly
Faster detection/failover when sourcecheck detects a faulty time source
report_problem.sh script now collects timekeeper_management log
Check and warn about bad license states once every 2 hours instead of once every 24 to avoid license check issues when bad clocks confuse license state information on short term license files
Ability to read hardware timestamps from Solarflare cards when
Linux itself does not support them (older Linux kernels)
Improvements for NTP when used on WAN with slow/erratic network links
Fixes for some Linux distributions in cases where no PTP interface is specified - always select default route now
Fixes for rare startup condition while serving that could cause segv
Add new configuration option VERBOSE_TIMESTAMPS for explicit timestamp logging activity
Make SET_TIME_ON_STARTUP visible to the web management GUI
Add new configuration option VERBOSE_TCPDUMP for easy logging of network activity
Fix for updated UTC offset for PTP clients - previously did not
properly recognize leap seconds from some PTP grandmasters
Support for configuring multiple PTP sources of the same grandmaster and domain
Make management query rate configurable - new configuration variable MANAGEMENT_QUERY_INTERVAL
Display ideal and current tickrate graphs of sources in the security tab of the management console
Additional quality/health/security checks of time sources when
sourcecheck is enabled
PTP servers can trigger alerts if any of the clients report a sync quality that exceeds SYNCERRORTHRESHOLD
When restarting, remove old TimeKeeper PTP client files after they have been logrotated
Problem/bug reporting tool can optionally upload data automatically
Web based GUI for management/monitoring of clients and server
Improved holdover stability when no time source is available
Ability to reset some GPS cards that do not lock a signal reliably on startup
TimeKeeper option to set the time immediately (unconditionally) on startup
Enable VDSO/vsyscalls on more CentOS releases
PTP management support - PTP server collects/displays performance and statistics of clients
Full PTP unicast support (useful for multihop network connections)
Logs are rotated more frequently by default to reduce disk footprint
Correction of PTP UUID put on wire
Internal changes to allow operation on networking hardware
(switches and routers)
Send traps if a specific source’s sync is over a configurable
Improved accuracy and clock model for PCI bus cards
TimeKeeper requires less overhead while running
TimeKeeper Version 5.1.x
Collect uptime/load average with report_problem.sh
Updates for PTPv1 serving on alternate domains
report_problem.sh uses a more specific filename based on time
Suppress unneeded messages during install
Avoid possible but rare time takeover conflict at service start
Support for email notification of TimeKeeper events
Workaround for problems when other packages consume/delay PTP packets
More verbose reporting when necessary tools are not available for install
report_problem.sh adds /sbin to the path for data collection
Install saves currently installed /etc/timekeeper.conf as /etc/timekeeper.conf.backup
Support for bc7xPCIe PTP card
Disallow negative round-trip times to reject timestamps that are
erroneous because of other applications consuming PTP packets (caused
Customer specific features
Watchdog TimeKeeper task in-kernel in case user-mode component
Allow setting PTP server TTL of multicast packets
When starting up with no valid source TimeKeeper watchdog failover
thread exited - now it will continue trying
Detection of clock-rate ramping to detect thermal events and
“Sourcecheck” feature will cross-check multiple sources and allow
detection of bad, invalid or malicious time sources
Fixes for installation with sudo (uid, euid updates)
New license system - options, features and allowed runtime
controlled by a license file rather than timekeeper binary
Support for RedHat 6.2
Clock will be set (or “stepped”) if time is more than 5 seconds off. Previous threshold was 30 seconds.
Greatly improved accuracy/stability. Especially with noisy links (WAN and wireless links)
TimeKeeper CPU processing overhead reduced
PTP delay request messages are sent for every sync received (additional accuracy improvement)
NTP client allows sync rate adjustment
Install provides a generated RPM spec file to ease deployments
TimeKeeper Version 5.0.x
Correct port number in PTP announce messages
Only step (or explicitly set) the clock on startup to overcome erratic output from some clock sources when they are reset
Enable VDSO/vsyscalls on Fedora Core 15
Faster execution/lower overhead for clock_gettime on some platforms
Faster clock_gettime() on some distributions/kernels (RedHat 5.5 for example)
Improved consistency in timetests measurements
Enable VDSO/vsyscalls on Ubuntu 10.04
IEEE 1588 protocol implementation fixes - response with TAI
timestamp to TAI grandmaster, control field properly set, port
enumeration begins at 1
Improved accuracy and precision of timetests program to test time
Fix for occasional lost PTP delay request messages
Enable VDSO/vsyscalls on CentOS 5.6
Enable VDSO/vsyscalls on SLES 10
Enable VDSO/vsyscalls on Fedora 13
No longer requires a static route for PTP multicast group
Fix for multicast PTP grandmaster mode (introduced v5.0.02)
Allow setting unicast/multicast for PTP grandmaster (ptp delay response) and
client (ptp delay request) messages
Allow setting a CPU mask of CPUs to run TimeKeeper on
Allow a larger difference between hardware and software timestamps
before discarding hardware timestamps. Necessary for some cards that
are slow to transmit.
Fix for logrotate putting empty data at the beginning of log files
after rotating them
Configuration file format change
Ability to track multiple time sources (up to 50) at a time
PTP support for boundary clock mode and best master clock selection
PTP Followup messages are sent much sooner (10’s of microseconds)
after sync messages now
PTP boundary clock functionality added
Reduced overhead of timekeeper use processes and kernel processes
Better discarding of invalid and stray PTP packets when used in
multi-domain PTP networks
TimeKeeper Version 4.19.x
Improve sync quality with rate change estimation algorithms
Fix for vDSO gettimeofday() call. Previously it could report 1000000
uSec in the tv_usec field which was incorrect. This was due to an error
in the normalization function used to correct the tv_sec and tv_usec
fields. Only gettimeofday() and only when used with vDSO did this
behavior show up.
Cosmetic fix for startup values in logs for offset. Initial values
could be incorrect in first timestamp as reported in log. They were not
used for time correction, though.
Fixes for merging major NTP time with a minor source like a PPS, particularly
when there are large offsets
Fixes for more than 16 CPUs
Correct PTP grandmaster mode 48-bit to 64-bit OUI mapping
Fixes for RedHat MRG install
Bug fix for some versions of RedHat Enterprise 5 that caused interval
timers - sleep(1), futex() and similar, to pause for too long
No longer move IRQs off the last CPU on the system but TimeKeeper
does still move itself to the last CPU
Fix for utility and test program ‘baddate’ so that it now works for
both positive and negative offsets
Allow PTP sync rate between 64/packets per second and 0.5/packets per
second on client and server side. Fixes client behavior with higher sync
rates and adds ability to configure rate to server.
Improvements to the logic used to discard time updates (NTP, PTP or
local source) that are believed to be too noisy.
TimeKeeper data files will be rotated via logrotate. A default logrotate
recipe is installed with the product.
plots/plot.sh is provided for easy generation of timing information.
Allow PTP domain to be specified on the server side via the PTPDOMAIN configuration option.
PPS generation utility provided (ppsgen/ directory) to compare
TimeKeeper-managed systems against a reference PPS.
Screensaver no longer activates at TimeKeeper service start and stop.
TimeKeeper Version 4.18.x
Fix for install problems on some non-bus card hosts
Fixes for TSync bus card. Can now use preloaded/configured driver or