Oracle Multiversion Concurrency Control (MVCC)
Version 12.1.0.1

General Information
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The Library is currently in the process of being upgraded from Oracle Database Version 11.2.0.3 to 12.1.0.1. Demos are being upgraded to reflect the new Container paradigm as well as EBR (Edition Based Redefinition) and may contain references to CDBs, PDBs, and other objects you may not be familiar with such as CDB_OBJECTS_AE: Welcome to 12c.
The Multi-Version Concurrency model is the single most important concept to understand about Oracle and how it works. The underlying mechanisms are the control files, system change numbers (SCN), and how Oracle utilizes ROLLBACK/UNDO segments.
First Available version 4.0
 
SQL*Plus Demo
conn uwclass/uwclass

CREATE TABLE mvcc_test AS
SELECT * FROM all_objects;

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM mvcc_test;

variable x REFCURSOR

BEGIN
  OPEN :x FOR
  SELECT COUNT(*) FROM mvcc_test;
END;
/

DELETE FROM mvcc_test WHERE rownum < 20001;

COMMIT;

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM mvcc_test;

variable y REFCURSOR

BEGIN
  OPEN :y FOR
  SELECT COUNT(*) FROM mvcc_test;
END;
/


DELETE FROM mvcc_test;

COMMIT;

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM mvcc_test;

print x
print y

DROP TABLE mvcc_test PURGE;

CREATE TABLE mvcc_test AS
SELECT * FROM all_objects;

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM mvcc_test;

variable z REFCURSOR

set timing on

BEGIN
  OPEN :z FOR
  SELECT * FROM mvcc_test;
END;
/

set timing off

DELETE FROM mvcc_test;

COMMIT;

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM mvcc_test;

print z
Try the above demo substituting TRUNCATE for DELETE and COMMIT. What is the difference?

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