Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server 2.1 Troubleshooting Guide

Solution 1: Split Long Transactions

A transaction running on a node is not allowed to use more than 25% of the number of locks allocated on that node. Read transactions running at the “repeatable read” isolation level and the update/insert/delete transactions hold the locks until the transaction terminates. Therefore, it is recommended to split long transactions into small batch of separate transactions.