Performing an update or delete via a table scan does not acquire a table-level exclusive lock as it did in earlier versions. In version 11.9.2, the scan acquires an exclusive intent table lock when the transaction starts. When the scan locates a row that must be updated, it acquires an exclusive page or row lock, depending on the locking scheme. The only exception is an unindexed update or delete to a data-only-locked table at transaction isolation level 3; these updates acquire an exclusive table lock. In previous versions, any update or delete that does not use an index acquires a table-level exclusive lock at the start of the transaction.
In most cases, performing the scan without using a table level lock increases concurrency. However, some applications may experience one of these problems:
Applications that did not deadlock in earlier versions may experience deadlocks in 11.9.2.
Tasks that update a large number of rows may use a large number of locks if they cannot perform lock promotion due to conflicting locks.