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From Kirk True <>
Subject 10,000s of column families/keyspaces
Date Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:19:33 GMT
Hi all,

I know it's an old topic, but I want to see if anything's changed on the
number of column families that C* supports, either in 1.2.x or 2.x.

For a number of reasons [1], we'd like to support multi-tenancy via
separate column families. The "problem" is that there are around 5,000
tenants to support and each one needs a small handful of column families

The last I heard C* supports 'a couple of hundred' column families before
things start to bog down.

What will it take for C* to support 50,000 column families?

I'm about to dive into the code and run some tests, but I was curious about
how to quantify the overhead of a column family. Is the reason performance?
Memory? Does the off-heap work help here?


[1] The main three reasons:

   1. ability to wholesale drop data for a given tenant via drop
   keyspace/drop CFs
   2. ability to have divergent schema for each tenant (partially effected
   by DSE Solr integration)
   3. secondary indexes per tenant (given requirement #2)

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