Accurate time synchronisation across computer networks is important for time-stamping in security systems, reliable log-scanning to analyse security breaches, and the maintenance of consistency in distributed file systems.
IT Services provide four time servers, available to any Oxford IPv4 host. These are located at four seperate locations and obtain their time using a combination of external sources, GPS signals and MSF radio signals .
server ntp0.ox.ac.uk # IT Services NTP server server ntp1.ox.ac.uk # IT Services NTP server server ntp2.ox.ac.uk # IT Services NTP server server ntp3.ox.ac.uk # IT Services NTP server
18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52
Please note that the IP addresess of NTP servers may occasionally be subject to change, although IT Services will endeavour to minimise the frequency of such changes. Notice will be given to the itss-announce mailing list.
NTP is defined in RFC 1305, Network Time Protocol (version 3)
If you wish to use an external source in addition, we suggest using
The NTP service was once more complex with seperate stratums and an enforced hierarchy. There are a large number of devices in the university using the older service addresses and so to this end the older DNS names and addresses are maintained for the time being to reduce workload on IT staff university-wide.
ntp4.ox.ac.uk has address 184.108.40.206 ntp0.oucs.ox.ac.uk has address 220.127.116.11 ntp1.oucs.ox.ac.uk has address 18.104.22.168 ntp2.oucs.ox.ac.uk has address 22.214.171.124 ntp3.oucs.ox.ac.uk has address 126.96.36.199