It’s that time of the year when the EDA industry puts on its annual show at the Design Automation Conference (DAC). This year’s DAC was held in San Diego, California from June 6-8, 2011. Like many of us involved in the semiconductor industry, going to DAC provides a once-a-year opportunity for us to reconnect with colleagues, customers, and partners from all over the world in a very efficient way.
This year’s DAC was a bit special for me. When registering for the conference and looking for hotels, I noticed on the front page of the DAC website a promotion of the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon, one of a series of running events held all over North America throughout the year. This year, the San Diego event was being held the day before DAC, Sunday June 5th. Being a lifelong runner, but never before competing in a marathon, this seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to give it a try. So I did, along with a number of other sleepy-eyed DAC attendees seen in this picture taken at the Marriot hotel at 4:30am, 90 minutes before the start of the race where we joined with another 32,500 runners.
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