clohfink commented on a change in pull request #402: New/virtualtables
URL: https://github.com/apache/cassandra/pull/402#discussion_r379513902
 
 

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+Virtual Tables
+--------------
+
+Apache Cassandra 4.0 implements virtual tables (`CASSANDRA-7622
+<https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-7622>`_).
+
+Definition
+^^^^^^^^^^
+
+A virtual table is a table that is backed by an API instead of data explicitly 
managed and stored as SSTables. Apache Cassandra 4.0 implements a virtual 
keyspace interface for virtual tables. Virtual tables are specific to each 
node. 
+
+Objective
+^^^^^^^^^
+
+A virtual table could have several uses including:
+
+- Expose JMX data/metrics through CQL
+- Expose YAML configuration information
+- Expose other MBean data
+ 
+How  are Virtual Tables different from regular tables?
+^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+
+Virtual tables and virtual keyspaces are quite different from regular tables 
and keyspaces respectively such as:
+
+- Virtual tables are read-only 
+- Virtual tables are not replicated
+- Virtual tables have no associated SSTables
+- Consistency level of the queries sent virtual tables are ignored
+- Virtual tables are managed by Cassandra and a user cannot run  DDL to create 
new virtual tables or DML to modify existing virtual tables
+- Virtual tables are created in special keyspaces and not just any keyspace
+- All existing virtual tables use LocalPartitioner
 
 Review comment:
   Not even sure we should say thats different then regular tables since many 
system tables use LocalPartitioner and are non-replicated. But we should 
definitely highlight that they these tables are local only and non distributed

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