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From DuyHai Doan <>
Subject Re: Retrieve counter value after update
Date Thu, 29 May 2014 20:15:07 GMT
Hello Ziju

 First, you can read this excellent blog post explaining how counters work
under the hood:

 Now, considering your request, you'd like Cassandra to return the current
counter value on update. It would require reading local shard (already done
in 2.1) and remote shards upon update to return the "current" counter
value. It sound like distributed read-after-write and I'm not sure it's a
good idea performance-wise...


On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 9:47 PM, ziju feng <> wrote:

> Hi All,
> I was wondering if there is a planned feature in Cassandra to return the
> current counter value after the update statement?
> Our project is using counter column to count and since counter column
> cannot reside in the same table with regular columns, we have to
> denormalize the counter value as integer into other tables that need to
> display the value.
> Our current way of denormalization is to read the current value and
> writetime from the counter table after the update and then batch update
> other tables with the value and timestamp (to resolve wrtie conflict).
> I don't know if this is a common requirement but I think if update to
> counter table can return the current value and timestamp (or counter column
> can reside in regular table in the first place), we can save this extra
> read, which can reduce cluster load and update latency.
> Thanks,
> Ziju

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