Connection pooling

The driver maintains one or more connections opened to each Apache Cassandra node selected by the load-balancing policy. The amount of connections per host is defined in the pooling configuration.

Default pooling configuration

The default number of connections per host depends on the version of the Apache Cassandra cluster. When using the driver to connect to modern server versions (Apache Cassandra 2.1 and above), the driver uses one connection per host.

Setting the number of connections per host

If needed, you can set the number of connections per host depending on the distance, relative to the driver instance, in the pooling configuration:

const cassandra = require('cassandra-driver');
const distance = cassandra.types.distance;

const options = {
   contactPoints: [''],
   pooling: {
      coreConnectionsPerHost: {
        [distance.local]: 2,
        [distance.remote]: 1

const client = new Client(options);

Simultaneous requests per connection

The driver limits the amount of concurrent requests per connection to 2048 with modern protocol versions and 128 with older versions of the protocol (v1 and v2).

You can throttle requests by setting the maxRequestsPerConnection value in the poolingOptions.

When the limit is reached for all connections to a host, the driver will move to the next host according to the query plan. When the query plan is exhausted, the driver will yield a NoHostAvailableError containing BusyConnectionError instances per each host in the innerErrors property.

Get status of the connection pool

You can use getState() method to get a point-in-time information of the state of the connections pools to each host.

const state = client.getState();
for (let host of state.getConnectedHosts()) {
  console.log('Host %s: open connections = %d; in flight queries = %d',
    host.address, state.getOpenConnections(host), state.getInFlightQueries(host));