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From "Stu Hood (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-1278) Make bulk loading into Cassandra less crappy, more pluggable
Date Sat, 30 Apr 2011 23:47:03 GMT


Stu Hood commented on CASSANDRA-1278:

bq. It's totally reasonable to require tempspace for bulkload in exchange for an extra 2x?
performance win.
There are definitely ways we can get this performance back on the server side (in the future)
without affecting clients. In particular, we could build the index behind the data as it arrives:
the only blocker for doing this currently is that we need an estimated size to start building
the bloom filter, but I see multiple ways around that (including partitioning the filter,
which has other benefits: see CASSANDRA-2466).

Additionally, our existing streaming protocol requires that a client be able to communicate
out of band in our Messaging layer, where there be dragons. Honestly, I'd like to call Matt's
protocol (plus framing and a version) "streaming v2".

But if you feel strongly about it, then by all means... I'm not trying to block progress here.

> Make bulk loading into Cassandra less crappy, more pluggable
> ------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-1278
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Tools
>            Reporter: Jeremy Hanna
>            Assignee: Matthew F. Dennis
>             Fix For: 0.8.1
>         Attachments: 1278-cassandra-0.7-v2.txt, 1278-cassandra-0.7.1.txt, 1278-cassandra-0.7.txt
>   Original Estimate: 40h
>          Time Spent: 40h 40m
>  Remaining Estimate: 0h
> Currently bulk loading into Cassandra is a black art.  People are either directed to
just do it responsibly with thrift or a higher level client, or they have to explore the contrib/bmt
example -  That contrib module requires delving
into the code to find out how it works and then applying it to the given problem.  Using either
method, the user also needs to keep in mind that overloading the cluster is possible - which
will hopefully be addressed in CASSANDRA-685
> This improvement would be to create a contrib module or set of documents dealing with
bulk loading.  Perhaps it could include code in the Core to make it more pluggable for external
clients of different types.
> It is just that this is something that many that are new to Cassandra need to do - bulk
load their data into Cassandra.

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