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From Sylvain Lebresne <>
Subject Re: limit on rows in a cf
Date Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:05:40 GMT
Sky is the limit.

Columns in a row are limited to 2 billion because the size of a row is
recorded in a java int. A row must also fit on one node, so this also limit
in a way the size of a row (if you have large values, you could be limited
by this factor much before reaching 2 billions columns).

The number of rows is never recorded anywhere (no data type limit). And rows
are balanced over the cluster. So there is no real limit outside what your
cluster can handle (that is the number of machine you can afford is probably
the limit).

Now, if a single node holds a huge number of rows, the only factor that
comes to mind is that the sparse index kept in memory for the SSTable can
start to take too much memory (depending on how much memory you have). In
which case you can have a look at index_interval in cassandra.yaml. But as
long as you don't start seeing node EOM for no reason, this should not be a


On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM, Sasha Dolgy <> wrote:

> is there a limit or a factor to take into account when the number of rows
> in a CF exceeds a certain number?  i see the columns for a row can get
> upwards of 2 billion ... can i have 2 billion rows without much issue?
> --
> Sasha Dolgy

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