LRU queues and buffer-pool management

Before processing begins, all page buffers are empty, and every buffer is represented by an entry in one of the FLRU queues.

The buffers are evenly distributed among the FLRU queues. To calculate the number of buffers in each queue, divide the total number of buffers by the number of LRU queues. The number of buffers and LRU queues are specified in the BUFFERPOOL configuration parameter.

When a user thread is required to acquire a buffer, the database server randomly selects one of the FLRU queues and uses the oldest or least-recently used entry in the list. If the least-recently used page can be latched, that page is removed from the queue.

If the FLRU queue is locked, and the end page cannot be latched, the database server randomly selects another FLRU queue.

If a user thread is searching for a specific page in shared memory, it obtains the LRU-queue location of the page from the control information stored in the buffer table.

After an executing thread finishes its work, it releases the buffer. If the page has been modified, the buffer is placed at the most-recently used end of an MLRU queue. If the page was read but not modified, the buffer is returned to the FLRU queue at its most-recently used end. For information about how to monitor LRU queues, see Monitor buffers.


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