Transaction Systems



The course gives a broad and thorough overview of the transaction systems theory. It concentrates on concurrency control and recovery (notions of correctness and their interaction) in database management systems, while also covering other topics (implementational issues, distributed transaction management and recovery etc).


The course is aimed at Master-level students who have already taken the following (or similar) courses:

  • Discrete Structures
  • Introduction to Databases

This course is theory focused and requires knowledge on algorithms and proofing (for correctness guarantees). In particular, we assume that students already have knowledge about transaction processing in DBMS.

Organisation und Klausur

  • Date, time, and location: Monday 9am–12pm (90 minutes lecture followed by 90 minutes exercise session), FMI 02.09.014 (in person only)
  • Bonus: There will be optional home assignments. If you achieve 75% or more in the home assignments, you will receive a 0.3 bonus on the exam grade (iff your exam grade is between 1.3 and 4.0).
    • Example: A student achieves 82% in the home assignments, and 1.7 in the final exam. His/Her final grade will be 1.4.
  • Exam: Written exam, 90 minutes.
  • Exam date and location: tba, in person (Garching)
  • Exam registration: via TUMonline
  • Resit exam (Wiederholungsprüfung): There will be no retake exam (Wiederholungsprüfung). The next exam will probably take place at the end of SS 2023.




Please find the exercise sheets and homework assignments on moodle.


  • Gerhard Weikum, Gottfried Vossen. Transactional Information Systems: Theory, Algorithms, and the Practice of Concurrency Control and Recovery. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2002

(The eBook is available via Written copies can be found at the Chemistry library.)