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From Piavlo <>
Subject Re: is it possible to run cassandra process in client mode as smart proxy
Date Wed, 16 May 2012 11:01:43 GMT
On 05/16/2012 01:24 PM, R. Verlangen wrote:
> Hi there,
> I'm using HAProxy for PHP projects to take care of this. It improved 
> connection pooling enormous on the client side: with preserving 
> failover capabilities. Maybe that is something for you to use in 
> combination with PHP.
I already use it exactly like this :)
But i don't think it's a good solution. And it's totally unaware of 
thrift/cassandra protocol, it's was pretty well discussed here
I even see the plain tcp healchecks failing from time to time for no reason.
I'm planning to make it a bit smarter with localhost http level 
healthchecks - where it would make a cassandra write to CF in
  keyspace wich has replication of 1, and will write to a key that maps 
to the specific cassandra node being checked by healthcheck (of course  
the keys need to be recaclulated each time the cluster is rebalanced).
But IMHO it's very very ugly hack, and not as reliable as real smart 
proxy which is way more superior and efficient (especially if it could 
do the reads/writes coordination itself).

Haproxy also has an issue that then once of the backend ip changes 
(which happens often in clouds) it's has to be restarted to resolve the 
the correct hostname,
though it looks like Willy is finally seriously considering to implement 
more dynamic for hostnames  lookups (which was not the case about a year 
ago then I asked  for such feature)
the problem was is discussed here recently -

haproxy has some more issues - i don't remember off top of my head.

Smart proxy would simply not have all those issues, as it's aware of the 
ring state and the protocol and if smaprt proxy was  the cassandra 
itself then it would have all the needed features tested and reliable at 
no effort.

> Good luck!
> 2012/5/16 Piavlo < <>>
>      Hi,
>     I'm interested in using some smart proxy cassandra process that
>     could act as coordinator node and be aware of cluster state.
>     And run this smart proxy cassandra process on each client side
>     host  where the application(php) with short lived cassandra
>     connections runs.
>     Besides being aware of cluster state if it could act as
>     coordinator node it would save unneeded network trips.
>     And maybe even have an option to take care of hinted handoffs.
>     IMHO the best candidate for this is the cassandra itself (like
>     it's done in elasticsearch
>     I also see there was a work done in this direction at
>     So maybe this is something that is already usable?
>     Or maybe there is some third party project that could be used as
>     smart cassandra proxy?
>     Thanks
>     Alex
> -- 
> With kind regards,
> Robin Verlangen
> <>

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