Our startup time for 1 server at the moment is greater then half an hour (45 minutes to 50 minutes even) which is putting a risk factor on the resiliance of our service. I have tried version 1.09 to latest 1.12.
I do not see too much system utilization while starting either.
I gazed apon an article suggesting increased speed in 1.2 although when I set it up, it did not seem to be any faster at all (if not slower).
I was observing what was happening during startup and I noticed (via strace), cassandra was doing lots of 8 byte reads from:
Also... Is there someone I can change the 8 byte reads to something greater? 8 byte reads across NFS is terribly inefficient (and I am guessing the cause of our terribly slow startup times).