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From Chris Burroughs <>
Subject Re: Column name size
Date Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:22:01 GMT
On 02/11/2011 05:06 AM, Patrik Modesto wrote:
> Hi all!
> I'm thinking if size of a column name could matter for a large dataset
> in Cassandra  (I mean lots of rows). For example what if I have a row
> with 10 columns each has 10 bytes value and 10 bytes name. Do I have
> half the row size just of the column names and the other half of the
> data (not counting storage overhead)?  What if I have 10M of these
> rows? Is there a difference? Should I use some 3bytes codes for a
> column name to save memory/bandwidth?
> Thanks,
> Patrik

You are correct that you can for small row/column key values they key
itself can represent a large proportion of the total size.  I think you
will find the consensus on  this list is that trying to be clever with
names is usually not worth the additional complexity.

The right solution to this is

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