Andy Tolbert created CASSANDRA-12687:

             Summary: Protocol level heartbeat
                 Key: CASSANDRA-12687
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Andy Tolbert

Most of the datastax drivers use the {{OPTIONS}} message as a means of doing a 
protocol level heartbeat, to which the server responds with a {{SUPPORTED}} 
message (see: 

It would be great if there was a simple {{HEARTBEAT}} message type that could 
be sent in either direction to indicate that the other side of a connection is 
still responding at a protocol level.

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