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From Rustam Aliyev <>
Subject Can't delete from SCF wide row
Date Fri, 01 Jun 2012 19:53:00 GMT
Hi all,

I have SCF with ~250K rows. One of these rows is relatively large - it's 
a wide row (according to compaction logs) containing ~100.000 super 
columns and overall size of 1GB. Each super column has average size of 
10K and ~10 sub columns.

When I'm trying to delete ~90% of the columns in this particular row, 
Cassandra nodes which own this wide row (3 of 5, RF=3) quickly run out 
of the heap space. See logs from one of the hosts here:

After that, all 3 nodes start flapping up/down and GC messages (like the 
one in the bottom of the pastebin above) appearing in the logs. 
Cassandra never repairs from this mode and the only way out if to "kill 
-9" and start again. On IRC it was suggested that it enters GC death spiral.

I tried to throttle delete requests on the client side - sending batch 
of 100 delete requests each 500ms. So no more than 200 deletes/sec. But 
it didn't help. I can reduce it further to 100/sec, but I don't think it 
will help much.

I delete millions of columns from other row in this SCF at the same rate 
and never have hit this problem. It only happens when I try to delete 
from this particular wide row.

So right now I don't know how can I delete these columns. Any ideas?

Many thanks,

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