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From "Nick Puz (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-5506) Reduce memory consumption of IndexSummary
Date Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:29:15 GMT
Nick Puz created CASSANDRA-5506:

             Summary: Reduce memory consumption of IndexSummary
                 Key: CASSANDRA-5506
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Core
    Affects Versions: 1.2.3
            Reporter: Nick Puz

I am evaluating cassandra for a use case with many tiny rows which would result in a node
with 1-3TB of storage having billions of rows. Before loading that much data I am hitting
GC issues and when looking at the heap dump I noticed that 70+% of the memory was used by

The two major issues seem to be:

1) that the positions are stored as an ArrayList<Long> which results in each position
taking 24 bytes (class + flags + 8 byte long). This might make sense when the file is initially
written but once it has been serialized it would be a lot more memory efficient to just have
an long[] (really a int[] would be fine unless 2GB sstables are allowed).

2) The DecoratedKey for a byte[16] key takes 195 bytes -- this is for the overhead of the
ByteBuffer in the key and overhead in the token.

To somewhat "work around" the problem I have increased index_sample but will this many rows
that didn't really help starts to have diminishing returns. 

NOTE: This heap dump was from linux with a 64bit oracle vm. 

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