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From Pål Andreassen <>
Subject Cassandra 2.2 for time series
Date Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:48:12 GMT

I'm currently evaluating Cassandra as a potiantial database for storing time series data from
lots of devices (IoT type of scenario).
Currently we have a few thousand devices with X channels (measurements) that they report at
different intervals (from 5 minutes and up).

I've created as simple test table to store the data:

  channelId int,
  sampleTime timestamp,
  value double,
  PRIMARY KEY (channelId, sampleTime)

This schema seems to work ok, but I have queries that I need to support that I cannot easily
figure out how to perform (except getting all the data out and iterate it myself).

Query 1: For max and min queries, I not only want the maximum/minimum value, but also the
corresponding timestamp.

sampleTime          value

2015-08-28 00:00    10

2015-08-28 01:00    15

2015-08-28 02:00    13

I'd like the max query to return both 2015-08-28 01:00 and 15. SELECT sampleTime, max(value)
FROM DataRAW return the max value, but the first sampleTime.
Also I wonder if Cassandra has built-in support for interpolation/extrapolation. Some sort
of group by hour/day/week/month and even year function.

Query 2: Give me hourly averages for channel X for yesterday. I'd expect to get 24 values
each of which is the hourly average. Or give my daily averages for last year for a given channel.
Should return 365 daily averages.

Best regards

Pål Andreassen
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