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From "Yang Yang (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-2774) one way to make counter delete work better
Date Wed, 15 Jun 2011 06:45:47 GMT


Yang Yang commented on CASSANDRA-2774:

the patch is against standard 0.8.0-src source

> one way to make counter delete work better
> ------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-2774
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>    Affects Versions: 0.8.0
>            Reporter: Yang Yang
>         Attachments: counter_delete.diff
> current Counter does not work with delete, because different merging order of sstables
would produces different result, for example:
> add 1
> delete 
> add 2
> if the merging happens by 1-2, (1,2)--3  order, the result we see will be 2
> if merging is: 1--3, (1,3)--2, the result will be 3.
> the issue is that delete now can not separate out previous adds and adds later than the
delete. supposedly a delete is to create a completely new incarnation of the counter, or a
new "lifetime", or "epoch". the new approach utilizes the concept of "epoch number", so that
each delete bumps up the epoch number. since each write is replicated (replicate on write
is almost always enabled in practice, if this is a concern, we could further force ROW in
case of delete ), so the epoch number is global to a replica set
> changes are attached, existing tests pass fine, some tests are modified since the semantic
is changed a bit. some cql tests do not pass in the original 0.8.0 source, that's not the
fault of this change.
> see details at
> the goal of this is to make delete work ( at least with consistent behavior, yes in case
of long network partition, the behavior is not ideal, but it's consistent with the definition
of logical clock), so that we could have expiring Counters

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