Checkpointing and rollback recovery are also established techniques for achiev- Checkpointing in Distributed Database Systems. As you can see from my description below and other answers, the mechanisms of a checkpoint and recovery after a crash differ from one RDBMS to another. The checkpoint (or syncpoint) is defined as the point of synchronization between database and the transaction log file. The most common method of database.

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Maintaining the logs of each transaction, and writing them onto some stable storage before actually modifying the database.

This is called transaction failure where only a few transactions or processes are hurt. All the transactions in the undo-list are then undone and their logs are removed. Disk failures include formation of bad sectors, unreachability to the disk, disk head crash or any other failure, which destroys all or a part of disk storage.

But according to ACID properties of DBMS, atomicity of transactions as a whole must be maintained, that is, either all the operations are executed or none. A transaction may be in the middle of some operation; ddbms DBMS must ensure the atomicity of the transaction in this case.

DBMS – Data Recovery

All the transactions in the redo-list and their previous logs are removed and then redone before saving their logs. DBMS is a highly complex system with hundreds of transactions being executed every second. To ease this situation, most modern DBMS use the concept of ‘checkpoints’.


It is important that the logs are written prior to the actual modification and stored on a stable storage media, which is failsafe. We have already described the chcekpointing system. As time passes, the log file may grow too big to be handled at all. For example, in case of deadlock or resource unavailability, the system aborts an active transaction. Checkkpointing it fails or crashes amid transactions, it is expected that the system would follow some sort of algorithm or techniques to recover lost data.

For example, interruptions in power supply may cause the failure of underlying hardware or software failure. For example, main memory and cache memory are examples of volatile storage. Transactions are made of various operations, which are atomic in nature. In early days of technology evolution, it was a common problem where hard-disk drives or storage drives used to fail frequently.

Volatile storage devices are placed very close to the CPU; normally they are embedded onto the chipset itself. They are huge in data storage capacity, but slower in accessibility. It reads T n has changed the value of X, from V 1 to V 2. Log is a sequence of records, which maintains the records of actions performed by a transaction.


That is, the database is modified immediately after every operation. Keeping and maintaining logs in real time and in real environment may fill out all the memory space available in the system.


When a system crashes, it may have several transactions being executed and various files opened for them to modify the data items. The durability and robustness of a DBMS depends on its complex architecture and its underlying hardware and system software. Examples may checkpointkng hard-disks, magnetic tapes, flash memory, and non-volatile battery backed up RAM. Checkpoint is a mechanism where all the previous logs are removed from the system and stored permanently in a storage disk.

Checkpoint declares a point before which the DBMS was in consistent state, and all the transactions were committed. Checpointing shadow paging, where the changes are done on a volatile memory, and later, the actual database is updated.

When more than one transaction are being executed in parallel, the logs are interleaved. They are fast but can store only a small amount of information. At the time of recovery, chekcpointing would become hard for the recovery system to backtrack all logs, and then start recovering.