A discussion on programs that used the 8087 mentions several categories I expected, and one I did not:
- Database programs (dBase IV, FoxBase, Paradox, Revelation)
The more I think about it, the more that sounds really weird. I expect databases to bottleneck on memory and disk, and perhaps on CPU integer/general logic operations if they accept a complex query language like SQL, or stored procedures.
But I never, ever heard of a database bottlenecking on floating-point calculation. A Google search for 'borland paradox 8087' doesn't indicate such either.
How on Earth were those old DOS database programs bottlenecking on floating-point arithmetic? Or is the claim simply incorrect?