Read Concurrency Control and Recovery, by Michael J. Franklin. Skip section 3.2.

This paper easiest to digest in chunks. You don't have to—in fact, probably shouldn't—read it all at once (or even read it in order).

You should come to understand concepts such as serializability, (no-)force and (no-)steal, write-ahead logging, two-phase locking, degrees of isolation, etc.

As you read, think about the following:

Question for Recitation

Before you come to this recitation, write up (on paper) a brief answer to the following (really—we don't need more than a couple sentences for each question). If your TA has requested that you email your answer to them, you may do that instead, but it should still be handed in before your recitation begins.

Your answers to these questions should be in your own words, not direct quotations from the paper.

As always, there are multiple correct answers for each of these questions.