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From "Antti Nissinen (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-9572) DateTieredCompactionStrategy fails to combine SSTables correctly when TTL is used.
Date Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:02:01 GMT
Antti Nissinen created CASSANDRA-9572:

             Summary: DateTieredCompactionStrategy fails to combine SSTables correctly when
TTL is used.
                 Key: CASSANDRA-9572
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Core
            Reporter: Antti Nissinen
             Fix For: 2.1.5
compaction_stage_test01_jira.log, compaction_stage_test02_jira.log,, explanation_jira.txt,

DateTieredCompaction works correctly when data is dumped for a certain time period in short
SSTables in time manner and then compacted together. However, if TTL is applied to the data
columns the DTCS fails to compact files correctly in timely manner. In our opinion the problem
is caused by two issues:

A) During the DateTieredCompaction process the getFullyExpiredSStables is called twice. First
from the DateTieredCompactionStrategy class and second time from the CompactionTask class.
On the first time the target is to find out fully expired SStables that are not overlapping
with any non-fully expired SSTables. That works correctly. When the getFullyExpiredSSTables
is called second time from CompactionTask class the selection of fully expired SSTables is
modified compared to the first selection.

B) The minimum timestamp of the new SSTables created by combining together fully expired SSTable
and files from the most interesting bucket is not correct.

These two issues together cause problems for the DTCS process when it combines together SSTables
having overlap in time and TTL for the column. This is demonstrated by generating test data
first without compactions and showing the timely distribution of files. When the compaction
is enabled the DCTS combines files together, but the end result is not something to be expected.
This is demonstrated in the file motivation_jira.txt

Attachments contain following material:

- Motivation_jira.txt: Practical examples how the DTCS behaves with TTL
- Explanation_jira.txt: gives more details, explains test cases and demonstrates the problems
in the compaction process
- Logfile file for the compactions in the first test case (compaction_stage_test01_jira.log)
- Logfile file for the compactions in the seconnd test case (compaction_stage_test02_jira.log)
- source code zip file for version 2.1.5 with additional comment statements (
- Python script to generate test data (
- Python script to read metadata from SStables (
- Python script to generate timeline representation of SSTables (

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