So I have three nodes in a ring in one data center.  My configuration has num_tokens: 256 set and initial_token commented out.  When I look at the ring, it shows me all of the token ranges of course, and basically identical data for each range on each node.  Here is the Cliff’s Notes version of what I see:

 

[root@Config3482VM2 apache-cassandra-1.2.0]# bin/nodetool ring

 

Datacenter: 28

==========

Replicas: 1

 

Address         Rack        Status State   Load            Owns                Token

                                                                               9187343239835811839

10.28.205.125   205         Up     Normal  2.85 GB         33.69%              -3026347817059713363

10.28.205.125   205         Up     Normal  2.85 GB         33.69%              -3026276684526453414

10.28.205.125   205         Up     Normal  2.85 GB         33.69%              -3026205551993193465

  (etc)

10.28.205.126   205         Up     Normal  1.15 GB         100.00%             -9187343239835811840

10.28.205.126   205         Up     Normal  1.15 GB         100.00%             -9151314442816847872

10.28.205.126   205         Up     Normal  1.15 GB         100.00%             -9115285645797883904

  (etc)

10.28.205.127   205         Up     Normal  69.13 KB        66.30%              -9223372036854775808

10.28.205.127   205         Up     Normal  69.13 KB        66.30%              36028797018963967

10.28.205.127   205         Up     Normal  69.13 KB        66.30%              72057594037927935

  (etc)

 

So at this point I have a number of questions.   The biggest question is of Load.  Why does the .125 node have 2.85 GB, .126 has 1.15 GB, and .127 has only 0.000069 GB?  These boxes are all comparable and all configured identically.

 

partitioner: org.apache.cassandra.dht.Murmur3Partitioner

 

I’m sorry to ask so many questions – I’m having a hard time finding documentation that explains this stuff.

 

Stephen