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Proceedings of 16th International Conference on Data Engineering (Cat. No.00CB37073) (2000)
San Diego, California
Feb. 28, 2000 to Mar. 3, 2000
ISSN: 1063-6382
ISBN: 0-7695-0506-6
pp: 67
Atul Adya , Microsoft Research
Barbara Liskov , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Patrick O'Neil , University of Massachusetts at Boston
Commercial databases support different isolation levels to allow programmers to trade off consistency for a potential gain in performance. The isolation levels are defined in the current ANSI standard, but the definitions are ambiguous and revised definitions proposed to correct the problem are too constrained since they allow only pessimistic (locking) implementations. This paper presents new specifications for the ANSI levels. Our specifications are portable; they apply not only to locking implementations, but also to optimistic and multi-version concurrency control schemes. Furthermore, unlike earlier definitions, our new specifications handle predicates in a correct and flexible manner at all levels.

A. Adya, P. O'Neil and B. Liskov, "Generalized Isolation Level Definitions," Proceedings of 16th International Conference on Data Engineering (Cat. No.00CB37073)(ICDE), San Diego, California, 2000, pp. 67.
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