Under what conditions (if any) can two transactions share an SCN?

To put another way, is there a guarantee that if several DML statements share an SCN they are guaranteed to be part of the same transaction?

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Two transactions won't share an SCN barring a bug in Oracle.

Exactly how Oracle ensures this varies by version, platform, and configuration settings. For example, back in the Oracle 9.2 days, there was by default a non-zero max_commit_propagation_delay which meant that a row that was inserted on one node and committed might not be immediately visible to a query on the other node. In that configuration, Oracle could use a Lamport SCN generation algorithm where SCN's were generated in parallel without a need for internode communication. In 10.1 and later, a broadcast on commit strategy (link is to a PPT presentation from Julian Dyke which is excellent but may be bigger than you'd expect) is used instead and max_commit_propagation_delay defaults to 0 (no idea what happens if you use 10.1 and set a non-default max_commit_propagation_delay-- that might well flip back to Lamport).


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