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From Terje Marthinussen <tmarthinus...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Multi-DC Deployment
Date Wed, 20 Apr 2011 01:46:42 GMT
If you have RF=3 in both datacenters, it could be discussed if there is a
point to use the built in replication in Cassandra at all vs. feeding the
data to both datacenters and get 2 100% isolated cassandra instances that
cannot replicate sstable corruptions between each others....

My point is really a bit more general though.

For a lot services (especially Internet based ones) 100% accuracy in terms
of results is not needed (or maybe even expected)
While you want to serve a 100% correct result if you can (using quorum), it
is still much better to serve a partial result than no result at all.

Lets say you have 300 nodes in your ring, one document manages to trigger a
bug in cassandra that brings down a node with all its replicas (3 nodes
down)

For many use cases, it would be much better to return the remaining 99% of
the data coming from the 297 working nodes than having a service which
returns nothing at all.

I would however like the frontend to realize that this is an incomplete
result so it is possible for it to react accordingly as well as be part of
monitoring of the cassandra ring.

Regards,
Terje


On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 6:06 PM, Adrian Cockcroft <
adrian.cockcroft@gmail.com> wrote:

> If you want to use local quorum for a distributed setup, it doesn't
> make sense to have less than RF=3 local and remote. Three copies at
> both ends will give you high availability. Only one copy of the data
> is sent over the wide area link (with recent versions).
>
> There is no need to use mirrored or RAID5 disk in each node in this
> case, since you are using RAIN (N for nodes) to protect your data. So
> the extra disk space to hold three copies at each end shouldn't be a
> big deal. Netflix is using striped internal disks on EC2 nodes for
> this.
>
> Adrian
>
> On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 11:16 PM, Terje Marthinussen
> <tmarthinussen@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hum...
> > Seems like it could be an idea in a case like this with a mode where
> result
> > is always returned (if possible), but where a flay saying if the
> consistency
> > level was met, or to what level it was met (number of nodes answering for
> > instance).?
> > Terje
> >
> > On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 1:13 AM, Jonathan Ellis <jbellis@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> They will timeout until failure detector realizes the DC1 nodes are
> >> down (~10 seconds). After that they will immediately return
> >> UnavailableException until DC1 comes back up.
> >>
> >> On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 10:43 AM, Baskar Duraikannu
> >> <baskar.duraikannu.db@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> > We are planning to deploy Cassandra on two data centers.   Let us say
> >> > that
> >> > we went with three replicas with 2 being in one data center and last
> >> > replica
> >> > in 2nd Data center.
> >> >
> >> > What will happen to Quorum Reads and Writes when DC1 goes down (2 of 3
> >> > replicas are unreachable)?  Will they timeout?
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > Regards,
> >> > Baskar
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> --
> >> Jonathan Ellis
> >> Project Chair, Apache Cassandra
> >> co-founder of DataStax, the source for professional Cassandra support
> >> http://www.datastax.com
> >
> >
>

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