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From Peter Schuller <>
Subject Re: OOM opening bloom filter
Date Sun, 11 Mar 2012 22:06:53 GMT
> How did this this bloom filter get too big?

Bloom filters grow with the amount of row keys you have. It is natural
that they grow bigger over time. The question is whether there is
something "wrong" with this node (for example, lots of sstables and
disk space used due to compaction not running, etc) or whether your
cluster is simply increasing it's use of row keys over time. You'd
want graphs to be able to see the trends. If you don't, I'd start by
comparing this node with other nodes in the cluster and figure out
whether there is a very significant difference or not.

In any case, a bigger heap will allow you to start up again. But you
should definitely make sure you know what's going on (natural growth
of data vs. some problem) if you want to avoid problems in the future.

If it is legitimate use of memory, you *may*, depending on your
workload, want to adjust target bloom filter false positive rates:

/ Peter Schuller (@scode,

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