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From Sávio Teles <>
Subject Re: cassandra 1.2.5- virtual nodes (num_token) pros/cons?
Date Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:14:47 GMT
It is very useful to upgrade the apps perfomance.
For example, if you have a machine with X capacity, you can put the
num_token=256. If you add a machine in your cluster with (X*2) capacity you
can put the num_token=512.
So, this new machine will receive twice the load automatically.
Moreover, you can minimize how long a machine replacement is going to take
and will minimize the time to repair a disk failure.

Read the docs to more informations:


2013/7/25 rash aroskar <>

> Hi,
> I am upgrading my cassandra cluster from 0.8 to 1.2.5.
> In cassandra 1.2.5 the 'num_token' attribute confuses me.
> I understand that it distributes multiple tokens per node but I am not
> clear how that is helpful for performance or load balancing. Can anyone
> elaborate? has anyone used this feature  and knows its
> advantages/disadvantages?
> Thanks,
> Rashmi

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