Hi all,

We have a situation that CPU loads on some of our nodes in a cluster has spiked occasionally since the last November, which is triggered by requests for rows that reside on two specific sstables.

We confirmed the followings(when spiked):

version: 1.0.7(current) <- 0.8.6 <- 0.8.5 <- 0.7.8
jdk: Oracle 1.6.0

1. a profiling showed that BloomFilterSerializer#deserialize was the hotspot(70% of the total load by running threads)

* the stack trace looked like this(simplified)
90.4% - org.apache.cassandra.db.ReadVerbHandler.doVerb
90.4% - org.apache.cassandra.db.SliceByNamesReadCommand.getRow
90.4% - org.apache.cassandra.db.CollationController.collectTimeOrderedData
89.5% - org.apache.cassandra.db.columniterator.SSTableNamesIterator.read
79.9% - org.apache.cassandra.io.sstable.IndexHelper.defreezeBloomFilter
68.9% - org.apache.cassandra.io.sstable.BloomFilterSerializer.deserialize
66.7% - java.io.DataInputStream.readLong

2. Usually, 1 should be so fast that a profiling by sampling can not detect

3. no pressure on Cassandra's VM heap nor on machine in overal

4. a little I/O traffic for our 8 disks/node(up to 100tps/disk by "iostat 1 1000")

5. the problematic Data file contains only 5 to 10 keys data but large(2.4G)

6. the problematic Filter file size is only 256B(could be normal)

So now, I am trying to read the Filter file in the same way BloomFilterSerializer#deserialize does as possible as I can, in order to see if the file is something wrong.

Could you give me some advise on:

1. what is happening?
2. the best way to simulate the BloomFilterSerializer#deserialize
3. any more info required to proceed?