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From Michael Theroux <>
Subject SSTable format
Date Sat, 14 Jul 2012 00:00:55 GMT

I've been trying to understand in greater detail how SStables are stored, and how information
is transferred between Cassandra nodes, especially when a new node is joining a cluster.

Specifically, Is information stored to SStables ordered by rowkeys?  Some of the articles
I've read suggests this is the case (although it's a little vague if they actually mean that
the columns are stored in order, not the rowkeys).  However, if data is stored in rowkey order,
how is this achieved, as sstables are immutable?

Thanks for any insights,
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