If you have a larger workload, you might need more than one Timescale Cloud instance. Multi-node can give you faster data ingest, and more responsive and efficient queries for many large workloads.

This section shows you how to use multi-node on Timescale Cloud. You can also set up multi-node on self-hosted TimescaleDB.


This feature is early access. Early access features are complete and ready to use in production. Early access features might be subject to billing changes in the future.


In some cases, your processing speeds could be slower in a multi-node cluster, because distributed hypertables need to push operations down to the various data nodes. It is important that you understand multi-node architecture before you begin, and plan your database according to your specific environment.

To create a multi-node cluster, you need an access node that stores metadata for the distributed hypertable and performs query planning across the cluster, and any number of data nodes that store subsets of the distributed hypertable dataset and run queries locally.

  1. Log in to your Timescale Cloud account and click Create Service.
  2. Click Advanced configuration.
  3. Under Choose your architecture, click Multi-node.
  4. The customer support team contacts you. When your request is approved, return to the screen for creating a multi-node service.
  5. Choose your preferred region, or accept the default region of us-east-1.
  6. Accept the default for the data nodes, or click Edit to choose the number of data nodes, and their compute and disk size.
  7. Accept the default for the access node, or click Edit to choose the compute and disk size.
  8. Click Create service. Take a note of the service information, you need these details to connect to your multi-node cluster. The service takes a few minutes to start up.
  9. When the service is ready, you can see the service in the Service Overview page. Click on the name of your new multi-node service to see more information, and to make changes.
Timescale Cloud running multi-node service

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