A Structural Causal Model
AdvisorSnodgrass, Richard T.
Committee ChairSnodgrass, Richard T.
MetadataShow full item record
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
RightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
AbstractModern DBMSes are designed to support many transactions running simultaneously. DBMS thrashing is indicated by the existence of a sharp drop in transaction throughput. The thrashing behavior in DBMSes is a serious concern to DBAs engaged in on-line transaction processing (OLTP) and on-line analytical processing (OLAP) systems, as well as to DBMS implementors developing technologies related to concurrency control. If thrashing is prevalent in a DBMS, thousands of transactions may be aborted, resulting in little progress in transaction throughput over time. From an engineering perspective, therefore, it is of critical importance to understand the factors of DBMS thrashing. However, understanding the origin of modern DBMSes' thrashing is challenging, due to many factors that may interact. The existing literature on thrashing exhibits the following weaknesses: (i) methodologies have been based on simulation and analytical studies, rather than on empirical analysis on real DBMSes, (ii) scant attention has been paid to the associations between factors, and (iii) studies have been restricted to one specific DBMS rather than across multiple DBMSes. This dissertation aims at better understanding the thrashing phenomenon across multiple DBMSes. We identify the underlying causes and propose a novel structural causal model to explicate the relationships between various factors contributing to DBMS thrashing. Our model derives a number of specific hypotheses to be subsequently tested across DBMSes, providing empirical support for this model as well as engineering implications for fundamental improvements in transaction processing. Our model also guides database researchers to refine this causal model, by looking into other unknown factors.
Degree ProgramGraduate College