More importantly than CPU, you'll use more I/O. Say you have 4 (like-size) sstables, compact them all into one file (which is really what SizeTieredCompaction will try to do) will require twice as much I/O that with min_compaction=2 versus 4. 

On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM, Edward Capriolo <> wrote:
One would think, but remember only "like sized" sstables compact. You want more files roughlt the same size rather then few big ones in most cases, but there are no hard fast rules.

On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM, Peter Haggerty <> wrote:
The default minthreshold for compactions is 4:

Is there a reason that this value is not "2", the lowest possible value?  If we change this to 2 what should we expect to see? Should we see less growth in storage load and fewer files to seek through when reading but at the cost of higher CPU usage?