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From "T Jake Luciani (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-8729) Commitlog causes read before write when overwriting
Date Mon, 09 Feb 2015 20:20:35 GMT


T Jake Luciani commented on CASSANDRA-8729:

I've been testing on low memory high cpu machines and have found this as a potential major

In a write heavy workload when mmapped data > ram I think there is a massive number of
page faults when writing to the CL and causes writes to stall and spin out of control.  Is
there any workaround here?  When I disable CL on the same system the issues go away which
makes me think it's this issue. 

> Commitlog causes read before write when overwriting
> ---------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-8729
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Core
>            Reporter: Ariel Weisberg
> The memory mapped commit log implementation writes directly to the page cache. If a page
is not in the cache the kernel will read it in even though we are going to overwrite.
> The way to avoid this is to write to private memory, and then pad the write with 0s at
the end so it is page (4k) aligned before writing to a file.
> The commit log would benefit from being refactored into something that looks more like
a pipeline with incoming requests receiving private memory to write in, completed buffers
being submitted to a  parallelized compression/checksum step, followed by submission to another
thread for writing to a file that preserves the order.

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