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From Sunitha Kambhampati <skam...@Yngvi.Org>
Subject Re: Suggestions for improving performance?
Date Thu, 16 Dec 2004 21:11:28 GMT
Barnet Wagman wrote:

>> 1) you can acquire a table level lock  using  LOCK TABLE sql statement .
>>     ex: lock table t1 in exclusive mode
>> 2) There is also lock escalation mechanism in derby. When locks on
>>particular table  in a transaction reaches a threshold
>>values(default:5000). it automatically escalates  the row level  locks
>>to a table level lock. Lock escalation threshold  value can be changed
>>by setting derby.locks.escalationThreshold  property.   I would not
>>recommend reducing the threshold  if the tables are being accessed
> Am I correct in my understanding that escalating to table locking 
> speeds things up?  If so, any idea what threshold level might help?  
> Also, does this locking mechanism come into play with reads, or just 
> with writes.
Locking can be expensive and escalating to table lock speeds things up 
d_epending on the application._  I am not sure if there is one threshold 
level that might help , since it will depend on the application.  
Currently derby uses 5000 as the default and that seems to work ok.  I 
am not sure how this threshold number was decided ?   This link in the 
tuning guide discusses some scenarios about how lock escalation 

The isolation level of the transaction/statement that got the lock also 
plays an important role. Example: even for reads, in case of 
REPEATABLE_READ, as the locks are held till end of the transaction - 
lock escalation can happen.


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