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From "Wei Deng (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (CASSANDRA-12591) Re-evaluate the default 160MB sstable_size_in_mb choice in LCS
Date Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:47:22 GMT


Wei Deng updated CASSANDRA-12591:
    Labels: lcs  (was: )

> Re-evaluate the default 160MB sstable_size_in_mb choice in LCS
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-12591
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Compaction
>            Reporter: Wei Deng
>              Labels: lcs
> There has been some effort from CASSANDRA-5727 in benchmarking and evaluating the best
max_sstable_size used by LeveledCompactionStrategy, and the conclusion derived from that effort
was to use 160MB as the most optimal size for both throughput (i.e. the time spent on compaction,
the smaller the better) and the amount of bytes compacted (to avoid write amplification, the
less the better).
> However, when I read more into that test report, I realized it was conducted on a hardware
with the following configuration: "a single rackspace node with 2GB of ram." I'm not sure
if this was an ok hardware configuration for production Cassandra deployment at that time
(mid-2013), but it is definitely far lower from today's hardware standard now.
> Given that we now have compaction-stress which is able to generate SSTables based on
user defined stress profile with user defined table schema and compaction parameters (compatible
to cassandra-stress), it would be a useful effort to relook at this number using a more realistic
hardware configuration and see if 160MB is still the optimal choice. It might also impact
our perceived "practical" node density with LCS nodes if it turns out bigger max_sstable_size
actually works better as it will allow less number of SSTables (and hence less level and less
write amplification) per node with bigger density.

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