Apache JMeter is open source software, a 100% pure Java application designed to load test functional behavior and measure performance. It was originally designed for testing Web Applications but has since expanded to other test functions.
Apache JMeter may be used to test performance both on static and dynamic resources (files, Servlets, Perl scripts, Java Objects, Data Bases and Queries, FTP Servers and more). It can be used to simulate a heavy load on a server, network or object to test its strength or to analyze overall performance under different load types. You can use it to make a graphical analysis of performance or to test your server/script/object behavior under heavy concurrent load.
We have developed a Jmeter plugin to apply load to Cassandra. This plugin acts as a client of Cassandra and can send requests over either Astayanax or Thrift. The plugin is fully configurable.
The rest of this wiki is number of sections for easy reference. Head to Getting Started for initial JMeter setup