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From Jordan Pittier - Rezel <>
Subject Re: Running a very small cluster
Date Wed, 09 Jun 2010 20:34:13 GMT
Regarding point c), you should ask your self, "what is good performance for
me ?". The read performance mainly depends on how fast your hard drives are
and how many rows you can maintain in cache. With such a small cluster, if
you want "good" read performance, you better have fast hard drive and quite
a lot of memory (depending of the size of you data).

Why don't you run the benchmark contrib/ to see what performance do
you get ?

On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 9:59 PM, Per Olesen <> wrote:

> Short question: Do cassandra only *really* shine when running a cluster
> with lots of nodes?
> Same question in a lengthy version:
> If what I want to obtain from my cassandra cluster is given as this:
> a) protection against data loss if nodes disk-crash
> b) good uptime, if servers become unavailable or are taken down for service
> c) good read performance
> (notice: I do not need exceptionally good write performance)
> So, if I setup a cluster with 3 nodes only, and set ReplicationFactor=3,
> and use QUORUM reads and writes, do I then have a chance of obtaining my
> goal?
> Or do I need a cassandra cluster with "lots" of nodes? I have no number for
> what I mean with "lots", but I regard 2-3 nodes as NOT being a lot :-)
> (I know there are many variables here, but bear with me).
> Here are my thoughts:
> With respect to (a):
> RF=3 will mean all (3) nodes with have all data on them, which I think of
> as "good enough protection". So, goal reached on that one.
> But what about (b):
> With QUOROM reads and writes and RF=3, I can take down one and only one
> node at any time, and still be up and running, right? If correct, I guess
> this is up to me, if that is okay :)
> Last, on (c):
> Given that what we are aiming at is good read performance, does it then
> make much sense, to run a cassandra cluster if we only plan on having 3
> nodes? I mean, then there won't be that many nodes to distribute reads to?
> /Per

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