SAN FRANCISCO--On a beautiful last day of summer, the Shuttle
Endeavour took a bow as it flew over California toward its final
resting place, a museum in southern California. Hundreds of
thousands of people in the Bay Area stopped what they were doing and
craned their necks skyward to see the engineering marvel as it flew
by, piggyback on top of a 747.
Here are two short videos that capture the shuttle's approach toward
the Golden Gate Bridge. The first, taken by videographer Kirk Fuller, from the
hills of Marin County, captures the grandeur of it all.
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The second I
took with an iPhone from the hills of San Francisco's Presidio. This
one is worth watching just to hear people applauding at the end, and
when they do, they're thanking an army of engineers.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.