The Cord Approach to Extensible Concurrency Control

George T. Heineman; Gail E. Kaiser

The Cord Approach to Extensible Concurrency Control
Heineman, George T.
Kaiser, Gail E.
Technical reports
Computer Science
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Database management systems (DBMSs) have been increasingly used for advanced application domains, such as software development environments, workflow management systems, computer-aided design and manufacturing, and managed healthcare. In these domains, the standard correctness model of serializability is often too restrictive. The authors introduce the notion of a concurrency control language (CCL) that allows a database application designer to specify concurrency control policies to tailor the behavior of a transaction manager. A well-crafted set of policies defines an extended transaction model. The necessary semantic information required by the CCL run-time engine is extracted from a task manager, a (logical) module by definition included in all advanced applications. This module stores task models that encode the semantic information about the transactions submitted to the DBMS. They have designed a rule-based CCL, called CORD, and have implemented a run-time engine that can be hooked to a conventional transaction manager to implement the sophisticated concurrency control required by advanced database applications. They present an architecture for systems based on CORD and describe how they integrated the CORD engine with the Exodus Storage Manager to implement altruistic locking.
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