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modern JVM concurrency primitives are broken if the system clock steps backwards
'The implementation of the concurrency primitive LockSupport.parkNanos(), the function that controls *every* concurrency primitive on the JVM, is flawed, and any NTP sync, or system time change, can potentially break it with unexpected results across the board when running a 64bit JVM on Linux 64bit.'

Basically, LockSupport.parkNanos() calls pthread_cond_timedwait() using a CLOCK_REALTIME instead of CLOCK_MONOTONIC. 'tinker step 0' in ntp.conf may be a viable workaround.
clocks  timing  ntp  slew  sync  step  pthreads  java  jvm  timers  clock_realtime  clock_monotonic 
september 2013 by jm
How to configure ntpd so it will not move time backwards
The "-x" switch will expand the step/slew boundary from 128ms to 600 seconds, ensuring the time is slewed (drifted slowly towards the correct time at a max of 5ms per second) rather than "stepped" (a sudden jump, potentially backwards). Since slewing has a max of 5ms per second, time can never "jump backwards", which is important to avoid some major application bugs (particularly in Java timers).
ntpd  time  ntp  ops  sysadmin  slew  stepping  time-synchronization  linux  unix  java  bugs 
august 2013 by jm

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