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From Ben Bromhead <>
Subject Re: Multi-DC Environment Question
Date Fri, 30 May 2014 02:13:00 GMT
Short answer:

If time elapsed > max_hint_window_in_ms then hints will stop being created. You will need
to rely on your read consistency level, read repair and anti-entropy repair operations to
restore consistency.

Long answer:

Ben Bromhead
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On 30 May 2014, at 8:40 am, Tupshin Harper <> wrote:

> When one node or DC is down, coordinator nodes being written through will notice this
fact and store hints (hinted handoff is the mechanism),  and those hints are used to send
the data that was not able to be replicated initially.
> -Tupshin
> On May 29, 2014 6:22 PM, "Vasileios Vlachos" <> wrote:
> Hello All,
> We have plans to add a second DC to our live Cassandra environment. Currently RF=3 and
we read and write at QUORUM. After adding DC2 we are going to be reading and writing at LOCAL_QUORUM.
> If my understanding is correct, when a client sends a write request, if the consistency
level is satisfied on DC1 (that is RF/2+1), success is returned to the client and DC2 will
eventually get the data as well. The assumption behind this is that the the client always
connects to DC1 for reads and writes and given that there is a site-to-site VPN between DC1
and DC2. Therefore, DC1 will almost always return success before DC2 (actually I don't know
if it is possible for DC2 to be more up-to-date than DC1 with this setup...).
> Now imagine DC1 looses connectivity and the client fails over to DC2. Everything should
work fine after that, with the only difference that DC2 will be now handling the requests
directly from the client. After some time, say after max_hint_window_in_ms, DC1 comes back
up. My question is how do I bring DC1 up to speed with DC2 which is now more up-to-date? Will
that require a nodetool repair on DC1 nodes? Also, what is the answer when the outage is <
max_hint_window_in_ms instead?
> Thanks in advance!
> Vasilis
> -- 
> Kind Regards,
> Vasileios Vlachos

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