Traditional database systems are built around the query-at-a-time model. This approach tries to optimize performance in a best-effort way. Unfortunately, best effort is not good enough for many modern applications. These applications require response time guarantees in high load situations. This paper describes the design of a new database architecture that is based on batching queries and shared computation across possibly hundreds of concurrent queries and updates. Performance experiments with the TPC-W benchmark show that the performance of the authors' implementation, SharedDB, is indeed robust across a wide range of dynamic workloads.