Write Survey mode.

After you have it up and running you can modify the column family mbean to use LeveledCompactionStrategy on that node to see how your hardware/load fares with LCS.

On Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM, Aaron Turner <> wrote:
"kill performance" is relative.  Leveled Compaction basically costs 2x disk IO.  Look at iostat, etc and see if you have the headroom.

There are also ways to bring up a test node and just run Level Compaction on that.  Wish I had a URL handy, but hopefully someone else can find it.

Also, if you're not using compression, check it out.

On Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM, B. Todd Burruss <> wrote:
we are running Datastax enterprise and cannot patch it.  how bad is
"kill performance"?  if it is so bad, why is it an option?

On Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM, Radim Kolar <> wrote:
> Dne 8.11.2012 19:12, B. Todd Burruss napsal(a):
>> my question is would leveled compaction help to get rid of the tombstoned
>> data faster than size tiered, and therefore reduce the disk space usage?
> leveled compaction will kill your performance. get patch from jira for
> maximum sstable size per CF and force cassandra to make smaller tables, they
> expire faster.

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