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From Kevin Burton <>
Subject Re: Not all data structures need timestamps (and don't require wasted memory).
Date Sun, 04 Sep 2011 05:11:27 GMT
On Sat, Sep 3, 2011 at 8:53 PM, Jonathan Ellis <> wrote:

> I strongly suspect that you're optimizing prematurely.  What evidence
> do you have that timestamps are producing unacceptable overhead for
> your workload?

It's possible … this is back of the envelope at the moment as right now it's
a nonstarter.

> You do realize that the sparse data model means that
> we spend a lot more than 8 bytes storing column names in-line with
> each column too, right?

Yeah… this can be mitigated if the column names are your data.

> If disk space is really the limiting factor for your workload, I would
> recommend testing the compression code in trunk.  That will get you a
> lot farther than adding extra options for a very niche scenario.
Another thing I've been considering is building a serializer/deserializer in
front of Cassandra and running my own protocol to talk to it which builds
its own encoding per row to avoid using excessive columns.




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