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From "Nicolas Favre-Felix (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-6412) Custom creation and merge functions for user-defined column types
Date Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:27:36 GMT
Nicolas Favre-Felix created CASSANDRA-6412:

             Summary: Custom creation and merge functions for user-defined column types
                 Key: CASSANDRA-6412
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: Core
            Reporter: Nicolas Favre-Felix

This is a proposal for a new feature, mapping custom types to Cassandra columns.
These types would provide a creation function and a merge function, to be implemented in Java
by the user.
This feature relates to the concept of CRDTs; the proposal is to replicate "operations" on
these types during write, to apply these operations internally during merge (Column.reconcile),
and to also merge their values on read.

The following operations are made possible without reading back any data:
* MIN or MAX(value) for a column
* First value for a column
* Count Distinct
* HyperLogLog
* Count-Min

And any composition of these too, e.g. a Candlestick type includes first, last, min, and max.

The merge operations exposed by these types need to be commutative; this is the case for many
functions used in analytics.

This feature is incomplete without some integration with CASSANDRA-4775 (Counters 2.0) which
provides a Read-Modify-Write implementation for distributed counters. Integrating custom creation
and merge functions with new counters would let users implement complex CRDTs in Cassandra,

* Averages & related (sum of squares, standard deviation)
* Graphs
* Sets
* Custom registers (even with vector clocks)

I have a working prototype with implementations for min, max, and Candlestick at
- I'd appreciate any feedback on the design and interfaces.

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