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Project Athena to be open to grad students

By Annabelle Boyd

Graduate students will have full access to Project Athena in September, according to Project Athena Director Earll M. Murman. Currently, one-third of MIT graduate students have Athena accounts.

By the end of summer break, Project Athena personnel will have deployed approximately 250 new workstations in departmental clusters to facilitate the new graduate student accounts. As with undergraduate accounts, graduate accounts must be renewed every September. Each graduate account will be provided 1.2 megabytes of backed-up disk space for personal files as well as use of non-backed-up space. In addition, a graduate student may request limited amounts of extra backed up space.

Graduate student accounts will also be provided with print service, which consists of 500 free pages per semester of laser printer hardcopy. By January Project Athena will offer to both undergraduate and graduate students the option of additional hardcopy for a fee, according to Murman.

Also, graduate student accounts will have full access to electronic mail service, on-line consulting and training.

However, Athena's grants, as well as a number of Athena software licenses, limit use of Athena to educational purposes. Therefore, graduate students will not be able to utilize the Athena facility as a substitute or de facto resource for research computing. However, Project Athena construes this restriction on workstation utilization broadly, according to Murman.

The new workstations will be supplied by Project Athena, available under the Digital Equipment Corporation and International Business Machines grants, and they will be configured as standard public workstations. In addition, Project Athena will provide one laser printer for every twelve workstations.

Murman expects about two-thirds of the graduate student body to open Athena accounts next term. This is compared with the 90 percent of undergraduates currently with Athena accounts.

In a letter released at the end of last term, Murman reported that during the 1988-1989 academic year, approximately 100 undergraduate and graduate subjects used Athena for assigned work, and that 1600-2000 different people used Athena each day.