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From "Kelvin Kakugawa (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (CASSANDRA-1072) Increment counters
Date Mon, 19 Jul 2010 01:19:57 GMT


Kelvin Kakugawa commented on CASSANDRA-1072:

The secondary write path is necessary, because we need to make sure that the total writes
to the primary (target) replica are correct.  Let's take a scenario, we have 3 replicas w/
associated counts:
A: [(A, 10)]
B: [(A, 3)]
C: [(A, 5)]

i.e. node A accepted some combination of increments until its count reached 10.  node B was
repaired (via read repair or AES) from A's counter value when it was at 3.  node C was repaired
when A's count was at 5.

So, if we use the unmodified write path and attempt this write:
[(A, 1)]

i.e. commit a write to node A w/ a delta of 1.

Let's imagine a scenario where the write to node A fails, but the writes to B and C succeed:
A: [(A, 10)]
B: [(A, 4)]
C: [(A, 6)]

When the counter eventually repairs itself, that write will be considered lost.  Since, the
primary replica did not receive that write and the other replicas were behind.  So, the reason
why we need to ensure the primary write succeeds, first, is to ensure that the write has been
accounted for in the system.  The secondary writes are just optimistic writes to help the
other replicas play catch-up.

> Increment counters
> ------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-1072
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>          Components: Core
>            Reporter: Johan Oskarsson
>            Assignee: Kelvin Kakugawa
>         Attachments: CASSANDRA-1072-2.patch, CASSANDRA-1072.patch
> Break out the increment counters out of CASSANDRA-580. Classes are shared between the
two features but without the plain version vector code the changeset becomes smaller and more

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