Meta* offered to give up temple seconds -- they cause serious computer system malfunctions

Meta* offered to give up temple seconds -- they cause serious computer system malfunctions

Meta* suggested ending the so-called temple seconds, which, according to the company's engineers, this potentially dangerous practice results in significant failures in computer systems around the world.

An additional second is a way to deal with the effects of the earth's slowdown caused by the melting of glaciers and a number of other causes. For the first time, the temple second was introduced in 1972 and was subsequently assigned to the International Earth Rotation Service.

Meta Engineer* Oleg Obleukhov and researcher Ahmad Byagovi published a report on the corporate blog, noting, inter alia:

In 2012, the introduction of an additional second resulted in a major breakdown in the Reddit servers, which caused the blocking of processors; the site became inaccessible for 30–40 minutes. A similar problem was reported in 2017 by Cloudflare, a part of its publicly available DNS service code that did not allow time to be "reversed." Now, some technology companies, including Meta* and Google, have decided to deal with the problem by-pass: the viscos second is "dropped" over a longer period of time, in the case of Meta* it is 17 hours.

Since 1972, 27 additional seconds had been introduced, and it was possible that the practice would end, and the International Telecommunication Union had already begun discussing their abolition, and a detailed report on the matter would be published in 2023.

* Listed on the list of voluntary associations and religious organizations in respect of which the court has taken a legally enforceable decision to abolish or prohibit activities on the grounds provided for in Federal Act No. 114-FZ of 25 July 2002 on countering extremist activities.