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From "Jonathan Ellis (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-4237) Add back 0.8-style memtable_lifetime feature
Date Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:41:07 GMT


Jonathan Ellis commented on CASSANDRA-4237:

bq. There is expire check when flushed memtable is clean and reschedule another flush

Hmm...  is there a race here where if user manually calls force flush while it's expired,
we get two scheduled tasks added?

Maybe just inlining a simple runnable instead of using forceFlush would be cleaner.  (We don't
need to worry about indexes being dirty independently of the base memtable in this case, either.)

bq. 10sec brute force would work if memtable_flush_period is set longer (seconds or minutes).

Good point.

bq. Here, you mean the period of brute force flush?

> Add back 0.8-style memtable_lifetime feature
> --------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-4237
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Core
>    Affects Versions: 1.0.0
>            Reporter: Jonathan Ellis
>            Assignee: Yuki Morishita
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 1.2.0
>         Attachments: 4237.txt
> Back in 0.8 we had a memtable_lifetime_in_minutes setting.  We got rid of it in 1.0 when
we added CASSANDRA-2427, which is a better way to  ensure flushing on low-activity memtables.
> However, at the same time we also added the ability to disable durable writes.  So it's
entirely possible to configure a low-activity memtable, that isn't part of the commitlog.
 So, we should add back a memtable lifetime setting.
> An additional motive is pointed out by
if you have a *high* activity columnfamily, and don't require absolute durability, the commitlog
is redundant if you are flushing faster than the commitlog sync period.  So, disabling durable
writes but setting memtable lifetime to the same as the commitlog sync would be a reasonable
> Thus, when we add back memtable lifetime, I think we should measure it in seconds or
possibly even milliseconds (to match commitlog_sync_period) rather than minutes.

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