Object Locking in IBM i System Administration Disaster Recovery Toolkit (Publication Date: 2024/02)


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  • How timestamp based concurrency control is different from locking schemes?
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    Object Locking Assessment Disaster Recovery Toolkit – Utilization, Solutions, Advantages, BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal):

    Object Locking

    Object locking is a method used in concurrency control to prevent conflicting access to shared resources. Timestamp-based concurrency control uses timestamps to determine the order of transactions, while traditional locking schemes use locks to ensure exclusive access to resources.

    1. Timestamp based concurrency control helps ensure data consistency by using a timestamp to determine the most current version of data.
    2. This method avoids the need for exclusive locking, which can cause performance issues and bottlenecks.
    3. Timestamp based concurrency control allows for multiple users to access and update the same data simultaneously.
    4. Locking schemes, on the other hand, involve explicitly locking and unlocking data objects, which can lead to conflicts and delays in data access.
    5. Object locking can improve efficiency and reduce the chance of errors by limiting access to data objects at any given time.
    6. However, it can also create delays if multiple users are waiting for the same object to be unlocked.
    7. In contrast, timestamp based concurrency control allows for more flexible data access and can improve overall system performance.
    8. By using timestamps, this method allows for non-conflicting updates to occur concurrently, reducing the likelihood of locking delays.
    9. Additionally, timestamp based concurrency control can help prevent deadlocks, where two or more processes are unable to proceed due to mutual resource locks.

    CONTROL QUESTION: How timestamp based concurrency control is different from locking schemes?

    Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) for 10 years from now:

    By 2031, Object Locking using timestamp based concurrency control will become the de facto standard for ensuring data integrity and consistency in all database management systems. This revolutionary approach will completely eliminate the need for traditional locking schemes, making them obsolete.

    Object Locking will be widely recognized as the most advanced and efficient method for handling concurrent transactions in databases, leading to a significant reduction in system crashes and deadlocks. It will also allow for true multi-version concurrency control, enabling multiple users to access and modify the same data simultaneously without conflict.

    Furthermore, Object Locking will evolve to include advanced features such as predictive locking and intelligent conflict resolution, making it even more powerful and resilient. This will pave the way for real-time processing of large Disaster Recovery Toolkits, greatly enhancing the performance and scalability of databases.

    In 10 years, Object Locking will have completely transformed the database industry, setting a new standard for data concurrency control. It will be implemented in every major DBMS and used by millions of businesses worldwide. This achievement will not only bring significant cost savings and efficiency gains but also revolutionize the way data is managed and accessed, paving the way for even more sophisticated technologies in the future.

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    Object Locking Case Study/Use Case example – How to use:

    Client Situation:

    ABC Corporation is a leading e-commerce company that sells a wide range of products through its online platform. The company has been experiencing rapid growth in its sales, resulting in an increase in the number of concurrent transactions. With the increase in concurrent transactions, ABC Corporation is facing challenges related to data inconsistency and loss of data integrity, leading to customer dissatisfaction and revenue loss. In order to address these challenges, the company has approached our consulting firm for implementing an efficient concurrency control mechanism.

    Consulting Methodology:

    To address the client′s needs, our consulting team conducted an in-depth analysis of the current system and identified object locking as a potential solution to prevent data inconsistencies. We further compared object locking with timestamp-based concurrency control to determine the best approach for ABC Corporation.


    1. Detailed analysis report on the current system
    2. Comparison of object locking and timestamp-based concurrency control
    3. Implementation plan for object locking
    4. Training sessions for the IT team on the implementation and management of object locking
    5. Performance monitoring tools for measuring the effectiveness of the new concurrency control mechanism.

    Implementation Challenges:

    The implementation of object locking posed some challenges as it required changes in the existing database structure and application code. This led to a longer implementation time, and the risk of system downtime during the transition phase. Moreover, the success of the implementation relied heavily on the cooperation and collaboration of the IT team, as any errors could lead to severe consequences.


    1. Reduction in data inconsistencies and loss of integrity
    2. Increase in customer satisfaction and retention rate
    3. Revenue growth due to improved user experience and decreased transaction failures.

    Other Management Considerations:

    Apart from the technical aspects, it was crucial for us to ensure that the implementation of object locking did not impact the daily operations of the company. Therefore, we advised ABC Corporation to roll out the changes in phases and conduct thorough testing before deploying it in the live environment. We also recommended regular training for the IT team to address any potential issues and ensure effective management of the new system.

    Comparison of Object Locking and Timestamp-Based Concurrency Control:

    Object locking is a concurrency control mechanism that ensures data consistency by allowing only one transaction to access a particular object at a time. In contrast, timestamp-based concurrency control uses a timestamp value to determine the order of transactions. With object locking, a transaction must acquire a lock on the object before accessing it, whereas in timestamp-based concurrency control, a transaction can access any object as long as its timestamp is higher than that of the previous transaction.

    One of the significant differences between the two approaches is the handling of conflicts. In the case of object locking, if two transactions are trying to access the same object simultaneously, one of them will be blocked until the lock is released, resulting in a delay in processing the transaction. In contrast, in timestamp-based concurrency control, conflicts occur when two transactions have overlapping timestamps, and the system resolves them by rolling back one of the transactions.

    Another difference is the level of granularity, with object locking providing finer granularity as it locks individual objects, whereas timestamp-based concurrency control operates at the transaction level, causing a delay in transactions that do not require the same object.


    After a detailed analysis and comparison of object locking and timestamp-based concurrency control, our consulting team implemented object locking as the preferred solution for ABC Corporation. The implementation was successful, with a significant reduction in data inconsistencies and improved customer satisfaction. It also resulted in increased revenue due to reduced transaction failures. However, we advised the company to continually monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the solution to ensure smooth operations in the long run.

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