Fast Serializable Multi-Version Concurrency Control for Main-Memory Database Systems

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Provided by: Association for Computing Machinery
Topic: Data Management
Format: PDF
Multi-Version Concurrency Control (MVCC) is a widely employed concurrency control mechanism, as it allows for execution modes where readers never block writers. However, most systems implement only Snapshot Isolation (SI) instead of full serializability. Adding serializability guarantees to existing SI implementations tends to be prohibitively expensive. The authors present a novel MVCC implementation for main-memory database systems that has very little overhead compared to serial execution with single-version concurrency control, even when maintaining serializability guarantees.
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