Cassandra - Partition

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A partition in Cassandra is a unit of storage that does not get divided across nodes.

A partition is an ordered dictionary (ordered by clustering key).

A partition is a file and should be kept small (less than 100MB). You can then move them easily in the cluster.

To keep the partition small, you can create bucket (ie a new bucket id every n days for instance).

The partition key determine:

  • how much data will be stored in each partition
  • how the data is organized on disk

It affect then how quickly Cassandra processes read queries.


The partition key is a key column that is defined from one or more columns in the first element definition of the primary key


A partition range is the range in which the node (called replica) owns the data.


Example of partition created by channel_id, bucket:

CREATE TABLE messages (
   channel_id bigint,
   bucket int,
   message_id bigint,
   author_id bigint,
   content text,
   PRIMARY KEY ((channel_id, bucket), message_id)

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