2022-01-27 16:56News

Netnod goes live with Arista FPGA implementation of Network Time Security (NTS)

Netnod’s NTP service was one of the first to implement NTS in server software and the first anywhere in the world to deploy NTS at a hardware level. We are now testing our latest implementation on the Arista 7130 switch.

The first version of Netnod’s FPGA implementation has been publicly available for tests since August 2020. This is now thoroughly tested and available from production servers at: sth1.nts.netnod.se and sth2.nts.netnod.se. This is where you should connect if you need a production service.

FPGA implementation on Arista 7130-48LB FPGA switch

We have now ported our FPGA implementation of an NTP/NTS server to the Arista 7130-48LB FPGA switch. The source code is available on github here: https://github.com/Netnod/FPGA_NTP_SERVER/tree/arista

The Arista FPGA implementation is live on lab1.nts.netnod.se and lab2.nts.netnod.se if you want to give it a try. Disclaimer: this is a lab setup and could break in interesting ways without any warning, so please don't use it for anything important!
Following a test period, we will roll out the Arista implementation in production later this year.

If you do try out the service and have any trouble, or if you have a question or suggestion, please contact Christer Weinigel <wingel@netnod.se>.

More information:

If you are interested in the background of our FPGA implementation of NTS, you can find more details in our recent white paper here.

You can find more information about how to use NTS including how to set up your NTS client and connect to an NTS server here.

About Netnod

Netnod provides critical infrastructure support ranging from interconnection services and Internet Exchanges to time services, DNS services and root server operations. With a worldwide reputation for its services and the expertise of its staff, Netnod ensures a stable and secure Internet for the Nordics and beyond. Established in 1996 as a neutral and independent Internet infrastructure organisation, Netnod is fully owned by the non-profit foundation TU-stiftelsen (Stiftelsen för Telematikens utveckling). More information is available at: www.netnod.se