Sounds like a good start. Super columns are not a great fit for modeling time series data for a few reasons, here is one

It's also a good idea to partition time series data so that the rows do not grow too big. You can have 2 billion columns in a row, but big rows have operational down sides.

You could go with either:

rows: <entity_id:date>
column: <property_name>

Which would mean each time your query for a date range you need to query multiple rows. But it is possible to get a range of  columns / properties.


rows: <entity_id:time_partition>
column: <date:property_name>

Where time_partition is something that makes sense in your problem domain, e.g. a calendar month. If you often query for days in a month you  can then get all the columns for the days you are interested in (using a column range). If you only want to get a sub set of the entity properties you will need to get them all and filter them client side, depending on the number and size of the properties this may be more efficient than multiple calls. 

One word of warning, avoid sending read requests for lots (i.e. 100's) of rows at once it will reduce overall query throughput. Some clients like pycassa take care of this for you.

Good luck. 
Aaron Morton
Freelance Developer

On 5/02/2012, at 12:12 AM, Franc Carter wrote:


I'm pretty new to Cassandra and am currently doing a proof of concept, and thought it would be a good idea to ask if my data model is sane . . . 

The data I have, and need to query, is reasonably simple. It consists of about 10 million entities, each of which have a set of key/value properties for each day for about 10 years. The number of keys is in the 50-100 range and there will be a lot of overlap for keys in <entity,days>

The queries I need to make are for sets of key/value properties for an entity on a day, e.g key1,keys2,key3 for 10 entities on 20 days. The number of entities and/or days in the query could be either very small or very large.

I've modeled this with a simple column family for the keys with the row key being the concatenation of the entity and date. My first go, used only the entity as the row key and then used a supercolumn for each date. I decided against this mostly because it seemed more complex for a gain I didn't really understand.

Does this seem sensible ?


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