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From "Jonathan Ellis (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (CASSANDRA-2594) run cassandra under numactl --interleave=all
Date Fri, 12 Aug 2011 21:33:27 GMT


Jonathan Ellis updated CASSANDRA-2594:

         Reviewer: thepaul
    Fix Version/s: 0.8.5

> run cassandra under numactl --interleave=all
> --------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-2594
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Peter Schuller
>            Assignee: Peter Schuller
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 0.8.5
>         Attachments: CASSANDRA-2594-trunkk.txt
> By default, Linux attempts to be smart about memory allocations such that data is close
to the NUMA node on which it runs. For big database type of applications, this is not the
best thing to do if the priority is to avoid disk I/O. In particular with Cassandra, we're
heavily multi-threaded anyway and there is no particular reason to believe that one NUMA node
is "better" than another.
> Consequences of allocating unevenly among NUMA nodes can include excessive page cache
eviction when the kernel tries to allocate memory - such as when restarting the JVM.
> With that briefly stated background, I propse the following patch to make the Cassandra
script run Cassandra with numactl --interleave=all if numactl seems to be available.

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