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While hardware technology has undergone major advancements over the past decade, transaction processing systems have remained largely unchanged. The number of cores on a chip grows exponentially, following Moore's Law, allowing for an ever-increasing number of transactions to execute in parallel. As the number of concurrently-executing transactions increases, contended critical sections become scalability burdens. In typical transaction processing systems the centralized lock manager is often the first contended component and scalability bottleneck. In this paper, the authors identify the conventional thread-to-transaction assignment policy as the primary cause of contention.
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