- Systems software engineer
Folkert is an expert in systems programming. He has made major contributions to the creation of the (soon-to-be) friendly, fast, functional language called
Roc - in fact, he has so far written about half of the code; He co-teaches (and co-creates) the university course
Rust 101; And he is working on the Rust implementation of the Network Time Protocol,
Difficult problems don´t rattle him. In fact, we can rely on Folkert to face them head-on and produce solid implementations in remarkably little time.
In his spare time, Folkert often continues to work on languages (natural or other) and he likes to cook or spend time in the garden.
ntpd-rs is an open-source implementation of the Network Time Protocol completely written in Rust, with a focus on exposing a minimal attack surface. This video explains how ntpd-rs brings NTP into the modern era.
The project was initially funded by ISRG's Prossimo, as part of their mission to achieve memory safety for the Internet's most critical infrastructure. The NTP initiative page on Prossimo's website tells the story.