The MEMORY storage engine creates tables with contents that are stored in memory. Formerly, these were known as HEAP tables. MEMORY is the preferred term, although HEAP remains supported for backward compatibility.

Each MEMORY table is associated with one disk file. The file name begins with the table name and has an extension of .frm to indicate that it stores the table definition.

How do you control the max size of a HEAP table

MySQL config variable max_heap_table_size.

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