Online, Non-blocking Relational Schema Changes

Løland, J.; Hvasshovd, S.
Proc. EDBT 2006, LNCS 3896

A database schema should be able to evolve to reflect changes to the
universe it represents. In existing systems, user transactions get blocked during
complex schema transformations. Blocking user transactions is not an option in
systems with very high availability requirements, like operational telecom databases.
A non-blocking transformation framework is therefore needed.
A method for performing non-blocking full outer join and split transformations,
suitable for highly available databases, is presented in this paper. Only the

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