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From Ken Hancock <>
Subject Re: MUTATION messages dropped
Date Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:42:31 GMT
We had issues where the number of CF families that were being flushed would
align and then block writes for a very brief period. If that happened when
a bunch of writes came in, we'd see a spike in Mutation drops.

Check nodetool tpstats for FlushWriter all time blocked.

On Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 7:12 AM, Alexander Shutyaev <>wrote:

> Hi all!
> We've had a problem with cassandra recently. We had 2 one-minute periods
> when we got a lot of timeouts on the client side (the only timeouts during
> 9 days we are using cassandra in production). In the logs we've found
> corresponding messages saying something about MUTATION messages dropped.
> Now, the official faq [1] says that this is an indicator that the load is
> too high. We've checked our monitoring and found out that 1-minute average
> cpu load had a local peak at the time of the problem, but it was like 0.8
> against 0.2 usual which I guess is nothing for a 2 core virtual machine.
> We've also checked java threads - there was no peak there and their count
> was reasonable ~240-250.
> Can anyone give us a hint - what should we monitor to see this "high load"
> and what should we tune to make it acceptable?
> Thanks in advance,
> Alexander
> [1]

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