A quick guide to Cassandra admin
From the Cassandra installation directory, running:
bin/nodetool -uUSER -pPASSWORD -hNODE ring KEYSPACE
(where the username, password, node and keyspace correspond to whatever you set up) produces data that reads like this:
Token is a number between Long.MIN_VALUE and Long.MAX_VALUE that is used in hashing the key. (See org.apache.cassandra.dht.Murmur3Partitioner.describeOwnership for how ownership is calculated over a cluster using something like a MurmerHash algorithm. This is the default for Cassandra ).
Load refers to how much has been flushed to disk. Therefore, this may take some time to register a change after you have truncated a table containing 10 million rows. This appears to correspond to org.apache.cassandra.service.StorageService.getLoad().
Owns This represents how much of the ring range a token covers. Note: it might not add up to 100%. "For DC [data centre] unaware replication strategies, ownership without replication will be 100%" (see code comments here. for org.apache.cassandra.service.StorageService.effectiveOwnership). But with replication, it appears to be 100% * the replication factor.