The FairCom Server supports pure memory-resident data and index files. The distinguishing characteristic of memory files is that they exist solely in memory, occupying their own memory space separate from the data and index caches.
Memory files satisfy the need for the creation and manipulation of temporary data or index files that are always memory resident and never touch disk. Contrast this with non-memory files, whose contents may be paged out of the database cache and written to disk. Memory files are ideal for true temporary files: they can exist in memory as long as the FairCom Server or c-tree application process is running.
Some applications of memory files include:
Using Memory Files
The main operational differences between memory files and non-memory files involve creating and closing the files. After memory files are created, they are accessed using the standard c-tree API functions, just as non-memory files.