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From "Stu Hood (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Updated: (CASSANDRA-2062) Better control of iterator consumption
Date Tue, 01 Feb 2011 08:29:29 GMT


Stu Hood updated CASSANDRA-2062:

    Attachment:     (was: 0006-Port-RowIterator.txt)

> Better control of iterator consumption
> --------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-2062
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Core
>            Reporter: Stu Hood
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 0.7.2
> The core reason for this ticket is to gain control over the consumption of the lazy nested
iterators in the read path.
> {quote}We survive now because we write the size of the row at the front of the row (via
some serious acrobatics at write time), which gives us hasNext() for rows for free. But it
became apparent while working on the block-based format that hasNext() will not be cheap unless
the current item has been consumed. "Consumption" of the row is easy, and blocks will be framed
so that they can be very easily skipped, but you don't want to have to seek to the end of
the row to answer hasNext, and then seek back to the beginning to consume the row, which is
what CollatingIterator would have forced us to do.{quote}
> While we're at it, we can also improve efficiency: for {{M}} iterators containing {{N}}
total items, commons.collections.CollatingIterator performs a {{O(M*N)}} merge, and calls
hasNext multiple times per returned value. We can do better.

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