MIT Project Athena - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781555580728, 9781483296814

MIT Project Athena

1st Edition

A Model for Distributed Campus Computing

Authors: Author Unknown
eBook ISBN: 9781483296814
Imprint: Digital Press
Published Date: 15th May 1991
Page Count: 282
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Description

A hands-on account of the design, implementation, and performance of Project Athena.

Based on thousands of pages of reports and the author's own experience, this important book lets you in on the design, implementation, and performance of Project Athena - now a production system of networked workstations that is replacing time-sharing (which MIT also pioneered) as the preferred model of computing at MIT. The book is organized in four parts, covering management, pedagogy, technology, and administration. Appendixes describe deployment of Project Athena systems at five other schools, provide guidelines for installation, and recommend end-user policies.

Readership

System Managers

Table of Contents


Forewords

Preface

Development

Creating the Vision

Identifying the Vision

initiating Action

The Vision

Project Andrew at Carnegie-Mellon University

Obtaining Sponsors

Commitment to the Project

From Vision to Reality

Major Goals and Strategies

Strategic Decisions

Start-Up

Overcoming Early Shortcomings

Arrival of Workstations

The Crunch

The Gamble Pays Off

All Students Receive Accounts

Summary

Pedagogy

3 Athena as an instructional System

Background

Enter Workstations

The Computer's Role in Education

Learning Problems

Teaching with Personal Productivity Software

Developing and Using Instructional Courseware

Athena Writing Project

Fluid Dynamics

Civil Engineering

Thermodynamics

Physiology

Membrane Simulation

Physics—Special Relativity

Chemistry—infrared Spectroscopy

Athena Laboratory Data System

Courses Using Special Software

Lessons Learned

Remaining Concerns

4 Athena and the Faculty

Concept Versus Reality

Effects of Strategic Decisions

Developmental Issues

The Turnaround

Outlook for the Future

Technology

5 Athena as a Distributed System

Definitions

Models of Distributed Systems

Existing Distributed Operating Systems

Athena's Unique Aspects

Issues in Distributed Systems

The Athena Model of Distributed Systems

Athena System Design

System Software Development

6 Athena Tools and Distributed Systems

Human Interface Development

The Network

Network Services

Name Service

Service Management System

Notification Server

Palladium Print System

File Servers

Dial-Up Service

7 the Athena Multimedia Workstation Project

The Beginning

Visual Computing Modules

Hardware

Muse

Human Interface Benefits

Current Status and Future Plans

Administration

8 Workstations in Student Housing

Athena's Impact on Living-Group Life

Future Plans

9 Finance and Organization

Finance

Organization

Faculty Registration and Deployment

Restrictions on Use

Contracts

System Cost

Economic Model

10 Assessment

Surprises

Assessment by Accreditation Committee

Cac90 Assessment

Technical Assessment

Implementation

Use of Athena by Others

Relationship with the Faculty

Benefit to Sponsors

Pedagogical Assessment

Comparing the Futures of Athena and Andrew

Concluding Remarks

11 Quo Vadis Athena

Continuing and New initiatives

Desired Workstation Characteristics

Future of instructional Computing at CMU

Instructional Computing at MIT after 1991

Appendixes

I Deployment of Athena

University of Massachusetts/Amherst

Stanford

North Carolina State University

Iowa State University

Nanyang Technical institute

II Guidelines for Athena Installation

Requirements

What You Get and How to Get It

Organization

Standards

Configurations

Training Users

Physical Security

Athena Software

Other Considerations

Position Descriptions

III Other Issues in instructional Computing

Alternative System Design Approaches

Alternative Ownership Models

Role of Private Industry

IV Athena Policies

Principles of Responsible Use of Project Athena

Athena Rules of Use

V Athena Donors

VI First Athena Press Release

Bibliography

Index

Details

No. of pages:
282
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Digital Press 1991
Published:
Imprint:
Digital Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483296814

About the Author

Author Unknown