When used in the context of databases, memory refers to RAM directly addressable by the CPU as opposed to going through the I/O subsystem.

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Why does MySQL say I'm out of memory?

I was trying to execute a fairly large INSERT...SELECT in MySQL with JDBC, and I got the following exception: Exception in thread "main" java.sql.SQLException: Out of memory (Needed 1073741824 bytes) ...
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What are reasons *not* to use the MEMORY storage engine in MySQL?

I recently discovered that MySQL has a "memory" engine that I wasn't aware of (most of my database work is for hobby projects so I learn what I need as I go). It seems like this option should give me ...
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What is the best use of memory in MySQL?

I have a MySql server with 2Gb of memory. What's the best configuration to use then with best results? How can I "distribute" this memory fine to MySql server?
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On a dedicated database server, how much memory to reserve for the OS?

Assuming you have a dedicated server explicitly for database functions -- how much memory should you reserve for the operating system? I realize this will probably vary somewhat depending on the ...