Jay, check if your disk(s) utilization allows you to change the configuration the way Edward suggest. iostat -xkcd 1 will show you how much of your disk(s) are in use.

On Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM, Edward Capriolo <edlinuxguru@gmail.com> wrote:
three things:
1) compaction throughput is fairly low (yaml nodetool)
2) concurrent compactions is fairly low (yaml)
3) multithreaded compaction might be off in your version

Try raising these things. Otherwise consider option 4.

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On Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 4:01 PM, Jay Svc <jaytechgeek@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Team,

I have a high write traffic to my Cassandra cluster. I experience a very high number of pending compactions. As I expect higher writes, The pending compactions keep increasing. Even when I stop my writes it takes several hours to finishing pending compactions.

My CF is configured with LCS, with sstable_size_mb=20M. My CPU is below 20%, JVM memory usage is between 45%-55%. I am using Cassandra 1.1.9.

How can I increase the compaction rate so it will run bit faster to match my write speed? 

Your inputs are appreciated.