Locking and latching are both key mechanisms employed by relational database management systems to ensure data integrity, consistency, and the serialization of resources. In the Db2 for z/OS IRLM manages the locks, but both Db2 and IRLM have internal latches.
Steve Thomas of CA Technologies presents a great introduction into the world of locks, latches, claims and drains. A must see for all developers working wit Db2 for z/OS as well as all DBAs wanting to refresh their knowledge.
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