Creating a materialized view

Create materialized views with the CREATE MATERIALIZED VIEW command.

Materialized views are suited for high cardinality data. The data in a materialized view is arranged serially based on the view's primary key. Materialized views cause hotspots when low cardinality data is inserted.

Secondary indexes are suited for low cardinality data. Queries of high cardinality columns on secondary indexes require the database to access all nodes in a cluster, causing high read latency.

Restrictions for materialized views:
  • Include all of the source table primary keys in the materialized view's primary key.
  • Only one column can be added to the materialized view's primary key. Static columns are not allowed.
  • Exclude rows with null values in the materialized view primary key column.

You can create a materialized view with its own WHERE conditions and its own properties.

Materialized view example

The following table is the original, or source, table for the materialized view examples in this section.
CREATE TABLE cyclist_mv (cid UUID PRIMARY KEY, name text, age int, birthday date, country text);
This table holds values for the name, age, birthday, and country affiliation of several cyclists.
The cyclist_mv table can be the basis of a materialized view that uses age in the primary key.
CREATE MATERIALIZED VIEW cyclist_by_age 
AS SELECT age, birthday, name, country 
FROM cyclist_mv 
WHERE age IS NOT NULL AND cid IS NOT NULL 
PRIMARY KEY (age, cid);
This CREATE MATERIALIZED VIEW statement has several features:
  • The AS SELECT phrase identifies the columns copied from the base table to the materialized view.
  • The FROM phrase identifies the source table from which data is copied.
  • The WHERE clause must include all primary key columns with the IS NOT NULL phrase so that only rows with data for all the primary key columns are copied to the materialized view.
  • As with any table, the materialized view must specify the primary key columns. Because cyclist_mv, the source table, uses cid as its primary key, cid must be present in the materialized view's primary key.
    Note: In this materialized view, age is used as the primary key and cid is a clustering column. In DataStax Enterprise (DSE) 5.0 and earlier, clustering columns have a maximum size of 64 KB.
Because the new materialized view is partitioned by age, it supports queries based on the cyclists' ages.
SELECT age, name, birthday FROM cyclist_by_age WHERE age = 18;
Other materialized views, based on the same source table, can organize information by cyclists' birthdays or countries of origin.
CREATE MATERIALIZED VIEW cyclist_by_birthday 
AS SELECT age, birthday, name, country 
FROM cyclist_mv 
WHERE birthday IS NOT NULL AND cid IS NOT NULL
PRIMARY KEY (birthday, cid);

CREATE MATERIALIZED VIEW cyclist_by_country 
AS SELECT age, birthday, name, country 
FROM cyclist_mv 
WHERE country IS NOT NULL AND cid IS NOT NULL
PRIMARY KEY (country, cid);
The following queries use the new materialized views.
SELECT age, name, birthday FROM cyclist_by_country WHERE country = 'Netherlands';
SELECT age, name, birthday FROM cyclist_by_birthday WHERE birthday = '1987-09-04';
In DSE 5.1 and later, a materialized view can be created using a filtering statement that includes a restriction on a non-primary key column.
CREATE MATERIALIZED VIEW cyclist_by_birthday_Netherlands 
AS SELECT age, birthday, name, country 
FROM cyclist_mv 
WHERE birthday IS NOT NULL AND cid IS NOT NULL
AND country='Netherlands'
PRIMARY KEY (birthday, cid);
This materialized view will only store information for cyclists from the Netherlands because of the following addition to the WHERE clause.
AND country = 'Netherlands'
Now, a query can be submitted to find those cyclists from the Netherlands with a particular birthday:
SELECT age, name, birthday FROM cyclist_by_birthday WHERE birthday = '1997-02-08';

When another INSERT is executed on the cyclist_mv table, the database updates the source table and both materialized views. When data is deleted from this table, the database deletes the same data from any related materialized views.

DSE can only write data directly to source tables, not to materialized views. The database updates a materialized view asynchronously after inserting data into the source table, so the update of materialized view is delayed. A read-repair operation to a materialized view is performed only after updating the source table.