In the fall of 1992, DCNS Development initiated the Layered Athena project, with two major motivations: To make it easier for private workstation owners to use Athena, and to make it easier to port Athena to new platforms. Of these two, the hope of easier Athena ports was probably the motivation for management to devote key resources to the project. Another goal of that fell out of the above goals is actually identifying what Athena is.
This report details the extent to which Layered Athena has met these goals, and serves as compilation of knowledge that has been gathered from the efforts of the Layered Athena team, most recently Kevin Cunningham, Bruce Lewis, John Morey, and Naomi Schmidt. We owe much of the knowledge herein to people who have been active on the team, particularly Carla Fermann and Mark Rosenstein.