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From Baron Schwartz <>
Subject Clarification on num_tokens setting
Date Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:43:50 GMT
As I understand the num_tokens setting, it makes Cassandra do the following
pseudocode when a new node is added:

for 1...num_tokens do
   my_token = rand(0, 2^128-1)
   next_token = min(tokens in cluster where token > my_token)
   my_range = (my_token, next_token - 1)

Now the new node owns num_tokens chunks of keys that previously belonged to
other nodes.

My point is, with 1 node in the cluster, the ring is divided into
num_tokens ranges. With N nodes, the ring is divided into N*num_tokens.
Correct? The docs do not make this clear for me.

And another point: the tokens are randomly chosen, so the ranges of keys
are not uniform, although with enough nodes in the cluster there probably
won't be any really large ranges. Correct?

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