MobiLink connects to a consolidated database at the most optimal isolation level it can, given the isolation levels enabled on the RDBMS. The default isolation levels are chosen to provide the best performance while ensuring data consistency.
In general, MobiLink uses the isolation level SQL_TXN_READ_COMMITTED for uploads, and if possible, it uses snapshot isolation for downloads. If snapshot isolation is not available MobiLink uses SQL_TXN_READ_COMMITTED. A download using SQL_TXN_READ_COMMITTED isolation has the potential to block until another transaction completes. Such blocking can significantly decrease the throughput of synchronizations. Snapshot isolation eliminates the problem of downloads being blocked until transactions are closed on the consolidated database assuming the download performs no updates, which is highly recommended.
Snapshot isolation can result in duplicate data being downloaded (if, for example, a long-running transaction causes the same snapshot to be used for a long time), but MobiLink clients automatically handle this, so the only penalty is transmission time and the processing effort at the remote. Nevertheless, avoiding long-running transactions is recommended.
Isolation level 0 (READ UNCOMMITTED) is generally unsuitable for synchronization and can lead to inconsistent data.
The isolation level is set immediately after a connection to the consolidated database occurs. Some other connection setup also occurs at that time, and then the transaction is committed. The COMMIT is required by most RDBMSs so that the isolation level (and perhaps other settings) can take effect.
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