Correct. Normally one should avoid this, as performance might degrade, but system will not die (until process gets paged out).

In production we haven't done this (just changed mmap_index_only). We have an environment which gets used for customer to train/beta test that grows rapidly. Investing on infra do not make sense from cost prospective, so swap as option.

But here if environment is up running it will be interesting to understand what is consuming memory and is infra sized correctly.


On Wed, 4 Dec 2019, 16:13 Hossein Ghiyasi Mehr, <> wrote:
"3. Though Datastax do not recommended and recommends Horizontal scale, so based on your requirement alternate old fashion option is to add swap space."
Hi Shishir,
swap isn't recommended by DataStax!

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On Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 5:53 PM Shishir Kumar <> wrote:
Options: Assuming model and configurations are good and Data size per node less than 1 TB (though no such Benchmark).

1. Infra scale for memory 
2. Try to change disk_access_mode to mmap_index_only.
In this case you should not have any in memory DB tables.
3. Though Datastax do not recommended and recommends Horizontal scale, so based on your requirement alternate old fashion option is to add swap space.


On Tue, 3 Dec 2019, 15:52 John Belliveau, <> wrote:

I've only been working with Cassandra for 2 years, and this echoes my experience as well.

Regarding the cache use, I know every use case is different, but have you experimented and found any performance benefit to increasing its size? 

John Belliveau 

On Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 11:07 AM Reid Pinchback <> wrote:

Rahul, if my memory of this is correct, that particular logging message is noisy, the cache is pretty much always used to its limit (and why not, it’s a cache, no point in using less than you have). 


No matter what value you set, you’ll just change the “reached (….)” part of it.  I think what would help you more is to work with the team(s) that have apps depending upon C* and decide what your performance SLA is with them.  If you are meeting your SLA, you don’t care about noisy messages.  If you aren’t meeting your SLA, then the noisy messages become sources of ideas to look at.


One thing you’ll find out pretty quickly.  There are a lot of knobs you can turn with C*, too many to allow for easy answers on what you should do.  Figure out what your throughput and latency SLAs are, and you’ll know when to stop tuning.  Otherwise you’ll discover that it’s a rabbit hole you can dive into and not come out of for weeks.



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On Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 6:18 PM Rahul Reddy <> wrote:

Thanks Hossein,


How does the chunks are moved out of memory (LRU?) if it want to make room for new requests to get chunks?if it has mechanism to clear chunks from cache what causes to cannot allocate chunk? Can you point me to any documention?


On Sun, Dec 1, 2019, 12:03 PM Hossein Ghiyasi Mehr <> wrote:

Chunks are part of sstables. When there is enough space in memory to cache them, read performance will increase if application requests it again.


Your real answer is application dependent. For example write heavy applications are different than read heavy or read-write heavy. Real time applications are different than time series data environments and ... .




On Sun, Dec 1, 2019 at 7:09 PM Rahul Reddy <> wrote:



We are seeing memory usage reached 512 mb and cannot allocate 1MB.  I see this because file_cache_size_mb by default set to 512MB.


Datastax document recommends to increase the file_cache_size.


We have 32G over all memory allocated 16G to Cassandra. What is the recommended value in my case. And also when does this memory gets filled up frequent does nodeflush helps in avoiding this info messages?