I was taking a look at Cassandra anti-patterns list:


Among then is 

SELECT ... IN or index lookups

SELECT ... IN and index lookups (formerly secondary indexes) should be avoided except for specific scenarios. See When not to use IN in SELECT and When not to use an index in Indexing in 

CQL for Cassandra 2.0"

And Looking at the SELECT doc, I saw:

When not to use IN

The recommendations about when not to use an index apply to using IN in the WHERE clause. Under most conditions, using IN in the WHERE clause is not recommended. Using IN can degrade performance because usually many nodes must be queried. For example, in a single, local data center cluster having 30 nodes, a replication factor of 3, and a consistency level of LOCAL_QUORUM, a single key query goes out to two nodes, but if the query uses the IN condition, the number of nodes being queried are most likely even higher, up to 20 nodes depending on where the keys fall in the token range."

In my system, I have a column family called "entity_lookup":

  WITH REPLICATION = { 'class' : 'NetworkTopologyStrategy',
  'DC1' : 3 };
USE Identification1;
  name varchar,
  value varchar,
  entity_id uuid,
  PRIMARY KEY ((name, value), entity_id));

And I use the following select to query it:

SELECT entity_id FROM entity_lookup WHERE name=%s and value in(%s)

Is this an anti-pattern?

If not using SELECT IN, which other way would you recomend for lookups like that? I have several values I would like to search in cassandra and they might not be in the same particion, as above. 

Is Cassandra the wrong tool for lookups like that?

Best regards,
Marcelo Valle.