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From "Jens Rantil (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-8574) Gracefully degrade when there are lots of tombstones
Date Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:19:34 GMT
Jens Rantil created CASSANDRA-8574:

             Summary: Gracefully degrade when there are lots of tombstones
                 Key: CASSANDRA-8574
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Jens Rantil

*Background:* There's lots of tooling out there to do BigData analysis on Cassandra clusters.
Examples are Spark and Hadoop, which is offered by DSE. The problem with both of these so
far, is that a single partition key with too many tombstones can make the query job fail hard.

The describe scenario happens despite the user setting a rather small PageSize. I assume this
is a common scenario if you have a larger rows.

*Proposal:* To allow a CQL SELECT to gracefully degrade to only return a smaller batch of
results if there are too many tombstones. The tombstones are ordered according to clustering
key and one should be able to page through them. Potentially:


would page through maximum 1000 tombstones, _or_ 1000 (CQL) rows.

I understand that this obviously would degrade performance, but it would at least yield a

Additional comment: I haven't dug into Cassandra code, but conceptually I guess this would
be doable. Let me know what you think.

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