After Meta engineers called for an end to the “interim second”, it looks like this will actually happen. A group of scientists and government representatives voted in a global panel in favor of eliminating that extra second from Coordinated Universal Time, UTC. One of the reasons is that this extra time ends up negatively affecting the servers, with crashes and failures arising when it occurs.
Companies like Microsoft, Google and Amazon had already complained about this additional second that was introduced in 1972🇧🇷 It was created to adjust UTC every 21 months. However, Earth’s rotation is not that regular, making international atomic time and apparent solar time uncoordinated.
As such, member states of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures voted almost unanimously to support “Resolution D”. According to The New York Timesthis decree calls for Coordinated Universal Time to continue uninterrupted from the “interim second” from 2035 to 2135.
The main purpose of this is to give scientists time to develop a better alternative for keeping the atomic and astronomical clocks in sync. In addition, the companies’ servers will have a century of “quietness” without breaking down or anything similar.
It’s no secret that that extra second is a headache for many companies.
In 2012, for example, Reddit was down for 40 minutes. This happened simply because the servers got confused with the time change. Similar and as unpleasant situations as happened with LinkedIn, Foursquare and other brands.
So it’s not surprising that Meta isn’t too excited about waiting another 10 years for the solution to take effect. In a post made on Monday (21), the owner of Facebook announced that it is implementing the “Precision Time Protocol” (PTP) on its servers🇧🇷
This protocol was introduced in 2002 and serves to synchronize a computer’s clocks. The company believes this will offer much greater time accuracy, which will benefit Meta’s technologies and at the same time its user base.
In other words, for people using Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram or the metaverse the company has been creating, everything will be more coordinated. In the words of the brand: “With PTP, the clocks inside the servers can be synchronized in up to nanoseconds”.
With information: The Verge🇧🇷