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From "Thakrar, Jayesh" <>
Subject Cassandra crashes....
Date Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:42:27 GMT
Hi All,

We are somewhat new users to Cassandra 3.10 on Linux and wanted to ping the user group for
their experiences.

Our usage profile is  batch jobs that load millions of rows to Cassandra every hour.
And there are similar period batch jobs that read millions of rows and do some processing,
outputting the result to HDFS (no issues with HDFS).

We often seen Cassandra daemons crash.
Key points of our environment are:
Pretty good servers: 54 cores (with hyperthreading), 256 GB RAM, 3.2 TB SSD drive
Compaction: TWCS compaction with 7 day windows as the data retention period is limited - about
120 days.
JDK: Java and G1 GC
Heap Size: 16 GB
Large SSTables: 50 GB to 300+ GB

We see the daemons crash after some back-to-back long GCs (1.5 to 3.5 seconds).
Note that we had set the target for GC pauses to be 200 ms

We have been somewhat able to tame the crashes by updating the TWCS compaction properties
to have min/max compaction sstables = 4 and by drastically reducing the size of the New/Eden
space (to 5% of heap space = 800 MB).
Its been about 12 hours and our stop-the-world gc pauses are under 90 ms.
Since the servers have more than sufficient resources, we are not seeing any noticeable performance

Is this kind of tuning normal/expected?


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