Does TiKV support creating ColumnFamily?

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Original topic: TiKV 是否支持创建 ColumnFamily

| username: TiDBer_rr4Rq8SR

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【Overview】 Does TiKV support creating ColumnFamily?

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| username: Billmay表妹 | Original post link

Data written to RocksDB is first written to the MemTable. When the size of a MemTable exceeds 128MB, it switches to a new MemTable for writing. There are a total of 2 RocksDB instances in TiKV, with a combined total of 4 ColumnFamilies. The size limit for a single MemTable in each ColumnFamily is 128MB, and a maximum of 5 MemTables are allowed to exist; otherwise, it will block foreground writes. Therefore, the maximum memory usage for this part is 4 x 5 x 128MB = 2.5GB. This memory usage is relatively small, and it is not recommended for users to change it themselves.

| username: Jiawei | Original post link

I understand that RocksDB is just a component of TiDB, and ColumnFamily has already been defined as those like lock, default, write, etc. However, if we are talking about RocksDB alone, you can call CreateColumnFamily to manually create CF in RocksDB.

| username: TiDBer_jYQINSnf | Original post link

This brother means that TiKV alone supports creating CF because TiKV is a distributed KV, while RocksDB and LevelDB are single-node KVs. For users, they are all KVs, so this brother wants to know if TiKV, as a KV, can create CF.

The answer is: No, you can understand that TiKV globally has only one CF.

| username: Running | Original post link

The knowledge currently being studied is not sufficient; TiDB itself is a large ColumnFamily.

| username: system | Original post link

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