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From Jonathan Haddad <>
Subject Re: Is it possible to achieve "sticky" request routing?
Date Tue, 05 Apr 2016 20:31:40 GMT
Yep - Steve hit the nail on the head.  The odds of hitting the right server
with "sticky routing" goes down as your cluster size increases.  You end up
adding extra network hops instead of using token aware routing.

Unless you're trying to do a coordinator tier (and you're not, according to
your original post), this is a pretty bad idea and I'd advise you to push
back on that requirement.

On Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 12:47 PM Steve Robenalt <>

> Aside from Jon's "why" question, I would point out that this only really
> works because you are running a 3 node cluster with RF=3. If your cluster
> is going to grow, you can't guarantee that any one server would have all
> records. I'd be pretty hesitant to put an invisible constraint like that on
> a cluster unless you're pretty sure it'll only ever be 3 nodes.
> On Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 9:34 AM, Jonathan Haddad <> wrote:
>> Why is this a requirement?  Honestly I don't know why you would do this.
>> On Sat, Apr 2, 2016 at 8:06 PM Mukil Kesavan <>
>> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> We currently have 3 Cassandra servers running in a single datacenter
>>> with a replication factor of 3 for our keyspace. We also use the
>>> SimpleSnitch wiith DynamicSnitching enabled by default. Our load balancing
>>> policy is TokenAwareLoadBalancingPolicy with RoundRobinPolicy as the child.
>>> This overall configuration results in our client requests spreading equally
>>> across our 3 servers.
>>> However, we have a new requirement where we need to restrict a client's
>>> requests to a single server and only go to the other servers on failure of
>>> the previous server. This particular use case does not have high request
>>> traffic.
>>> Looking at the documentation the options we have seem to be:
>>> 1. Play with the snitching (e.g. place each server into its own DC or
>>> Rack) to ensure that requests always go to one server and failover to the
>>> others if required. I understand that this may also affect replica
>>> placement and we may need to run nodetool repair. So this is not our most
>>> preferred option.
>>> 2. Write a new load balancing policy that also uses the
>>> HostStateListener for tracking host up and down messages, that essentially
>>> accomplishes "sticky" request routing with failover to other nodes.
>>> Is option 2 the only clean way of accomplishing our requirement?
>>> Thanks,
>>> Micky
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