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From Jack Krupansky <>
Subject Re: Commit log size vs memtable total size
Date Tue, 01 Mar 2016 22:07:09 GMT
It would be nice to get this info into the doc or at least a blog post.

-- Jack Krupansky

On Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 4:37 PM, Tyler Hobbs <> wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 6:13 AM, Vlad <> wrote:
>> So commit log can't keep more than memtable size, why is difference in
>> commit log and memtables sizes?
> In order to purge a commitlog segment, *all* memtables that contain data
> from that segment must be flushed to disk.
> Suppose you have two tables:
>  - table A has extremely high throughput
>  - table B has low throughput
> Every commitlog segment will have a mixture of writes for table A and
> table B.  The memtable for table A will fill up rapidly and will be flushed
> frequently.  The memtable for table B will slowly filly up, and will not be
> flushed often.  Since table B's memtable isn't flushed, none of the commit
> log segments can purged/recycled.  Once the commitlog hits its size limit,
> it will force a flush of table B.
> This behavior is good, because it allows table B to be flushed in large
> chunks instead of hundreds of tiny sstables.  If the commitlog space were
> equal to the memtable space, Cassandra would have to force a flush of table
> B's memtable approximately every time table A is flushed, despite being
> much smaller.
> To summarize: if you use more than one table, it makes sense to have a
> larger space for commitlog segments.
> --
> Tyler Hobbs
> DataStax <>

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