Making every (leap) second count with our new public NTP servers


06.12.2016 03:46

As if 2016 wasn’t long enough, this year, a leap second will cause the last day of December to be one second longer than normal. But don’t worry, we’ve built support for the leap second into the time servers that regulate all Google services.
Even better, our Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers are now publicly available to anyone who needs to keep local clocks in sync with VM instances running on Google Compute Engine, to match the time used by Google APIs, or for those who just need a reliable time service. As you would expect, our public NTP service is backed by Google’s load balancers and atomic clocks in data centers around the world.