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From Sylvain Lebresne <>
Subject Re: asynchronous writes (aka consistency = 0)
Date Tue, 30 Aug 2011 11:54:28 GMT
There used to be a ZERO consistency level but it was removed because
it was harming more people than it was helping.

If what you want is very high availability, i.e. being able to write even
if the sole replica (in your RF=1 case) is down, then what you want to
use is CL ANY.

If you don't want to wait for the write to be applied by Cassandra before
doing something else, then you can do that easily[1] client side.

[1] if you are a php user, you may want to remove the word easily from
the sentence.


On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 12:30 PM, Eric tamme <> wrote:
> Is there any mechanism that would allow me to write to Cassandra with
> no blocking at all?
> I spent a long time figuring out a problem I encountered with one node
> in each datacenter: LA, and NY using SS RF=1 and write consistency 1.
> My row keys are yyyy-mm-dd-h so basically for every hour a row would
> pin to one datacenter and I would get fast writes from one location.
> This would change periodically as the hour changed (took forever to
> figure out what was going on).
> The whole point of switching to SS from NTS was so I could reduce data
> redundancy (this is basically throw away data), but the delay in
> writing cross country is too high with SS since the minimum
> consistency will cause cassandra blocks to ensure there is ONE write
> (assuming all nodes are up).
> NTS does allow me to localize the block on writes by doing strategy
> options NY=1,LA=1.. but then I am back to storing duplicate data.  I'd
> like to be able to use SS with RF1 and write consistency=0 (or some
> thing like that).
> Any thoughts?

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