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How/where does the kernal compute local time

Dos anyone know where or how in the kernal does the machine time gets
converted to local time? I'm most curious as to how DST gets
For example, the machine runs on UTC, but I can set my TZ=EST.

When I get my local time, it tells me if I'm in DST or not (the kernal
also be updating my local time by 1 hour if neccessary to). 

Does anyone know how this is figured? 

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