That pattern is discussed here http://ria101.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/cassandra-randompartitioner-vs-orderpreservingpartitioner/

It's also used in http://github.com/tjake/Lucandra

You can do range queries with the Random Partitioner in 0.6.*, the order of the return is undefined and it's a bit slower. 

I think it's normally used when you want ordered range queries in some CF's and random distribution in others. 

Aaron

On 07 Jul, 2010,at 09:47 PM, David Boxenhorn <david@lookin2.com> wrote:

Is there any strategy for using OPP with a hash algorithm on the client side to get both uniform distribution of data in the cluster *and* the ability to do range queries?

I'm thinking of something like this:

cassKey = (key % 97) + "@" + key;

cassRange = 0 + "@" + range; 1 + "@" + range; ... 96 + "@" + range;

Would something like that work?