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With the implementation of transactions with persistent threads (like pseudo wait-for-input on IMS) we have been facing some concurrency issues in our site, specially with HPU and batch programs that perform lock escalation. This happens because the persistent thread claims an intent lock on the table/partition and, since our plans have the parameter RELEASE set to DEALLOCATE, never releases it. Programs that try to claim non-intent locks on the table/partition used by persistent threads get a timeout.
Previously the concurrency issues were worse because no utility could run against tables that were acessed by persistent threads, but the problem was solved with the introduction of the PKGREL_COMMIT parameter on v11.
To solve the concurrency issues, we propose a similar behavior as introduced by the PKGREL_COMMIT parameter: dynamically changing the RELEASE parameter (from DEALLOCATE to COMMIT) when a process claims a non-intent lock on the table/partition used by the persistent thread.
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