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Enhanced Buffer Deferred Write Algorithm for Certain Database Utilities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100291D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 114K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Haderle, DJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This invention describes a scheme to enhance a buffer deferred write algorithm (as described in [*]) to improve performance for certain database utilities (i.e., database load, reorganization, recover, index build). This invention also provides a method to allow writes being initiated sooner for data sets that are accessed/updated in physical sequential mode. Reducing deferred writes for unnecessary data sets improves overall performance for other concurrent database workloads that are sharing the same buffer pool.

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Enhanced Buffer Deferred Write Algorithm for Certain Database Utilities

       This invention describes a scheme to enhance a buffer
deferred write algorithm (as described in [*]) to improve performance
for certain database utilities (i.e., database load, reorganization,
recover, index build).  This invention also provides a method to
allow writes being initiated sooner for data sets that are
accessed/updated in physical sequential mode.  Reducing deferred
writes for unnecessary data sets improves overall performance for
other concurrent database workloads that are sharing the same buffer
pool.

      The buffer management scheme of [*] avoids synchronous writes
by having a buffer manager (BM) regulate the write activities based
on the amounts of buffer pool resources. Writes are batched and can
occur either before or after the updating transaction COMMIT point.
Updated pages are placed on the Deferred Write Queue (DWQ), which is
structured as a queue of data set-related queues.  Each data
set-related queue is termed a Vertical Deferred Write Queue (VDWQ).
Each VDWQ will have an equal probability of being selected for write
operations.

      One of the performance benefits of deferring writes is the
minimization of the number of write operations required for
frequently updated pages.  Therefore, with a large buffer pool this
scheme is good for database applications which support high volume
update transactions.  However, it has an adverse effect on database
utility operations (i.e., LOAD, REORG, RECOVER).  These types of
database utilities operations (updates) are done in physical
sequential mode. Writes are not required to be deferred except for
batching multiple pages on a single asynchronous write I/O request.
Deferring more updated pages requires more time to perform force
writes (i.e., to externalize all updates to DASD) at each utility
internal checkpoint.  The internal utility checkpoint is normally
done to support the utility restart without writing database update
log records.

      There are two thresholds controlling the process of scanning
the DWQ for write activities in [*].  One threshold is used to
prevent updated buffers from flooding the buffer pool, called the DWQ
threshold.  The other threshold is used to prevent updated buffers
for a single data set flooding the buffer pool, called the VDWQ
threshold.  Each VDWQ is managed in least recently used (LRU) order
and, once selected, up to a predetermined fixed number of ready to be
written pages will be dequeued.  Write I/Os are initiated for those
pages being dequeued.

      AS PROPOSED IN (*), THE VDWQ THRESHOLD VALUES ARE SET equally
for all database data sets (i.e., based on a percentage of the buffer
pool size).  Therefore, for a very large buffer pool (say, 100,000
buffers), this will cause response delay fo...