Transactions and Concurrency in Hibernate by R4R Team

The most important point about Hibernate Entity Manager and concurrency control is that it is very easy to understand. Hibernate Entity Manager directly uses JDBC connections and JTA resources without adding any additional locking behavior. We highly recommend you spend some time with the JDBC, ANSI, and transaction isolation specification of your database management system. Hibernate Entity Manager only adds automatic versioning but does not lock objects in memory or change the isolation level of your database transactions. Basically, use Hibernate Entity Manager like you would use direct JDBC (or JTA/CMT) with your database resources.

We start the discussion of concurrency control in Hibernate with the granularity of EntityManagerFactory, and EntityManager, as well as database transactions and long units of work..

In this chapter, and unless explicitly expressed, we will mix and match the concept of entity manager and persistence context. One is an API and programming object, the other a definition of scope. However, keep in mind the essential difference. A persistence context is usually bound to a JTA transaction in Java EE, and a persistence context starts and ends at transaction boundaries (transaction-scoped) unless you use an extended entity manager.
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