Memory Connector#

The Memory connector stores all data and metadata in RAM on workers and both are discarded when Presto restarts.


To configure the Memory connector, create a catalog properties file etc/catalog/ with the following contents:

memory.max-data-per-node defines memory limit for pages stored in this connector per each node (default value is 128MB).


Create a table using the Memory connector:

CREATE TABLE memory.default.nation AS
SELECT * from tpch.tiny.nation;

Insert data into a table in the Memory connector:

INSERT INTO memory.default.nation
SELECT * FROM tpch.tiny.nation;

Select from the Memory connector:

SELECT * FROM memory.default.nation;

Drop table:

DROP TABLE memory.default.nation;

Memory Connector Limitations#

  • After DROP TABLE memory is not released immediately. It is released after next write access to memory connector.

  • When one worker fails/restarts all data that were stored in its memory will be lost forever. To prevent silent data loss this connector will throw an error on any read access to such corrupted table.

  • When query fails for any reason during writing to memory table, table will be in undefined state. Such table should be dropped and recreated manually. Reading attempt from such table may fail or may return partial data.

  • When coordinator fails/restarts all metadata about tables will be lost, but tables’ data will be still present on the workers however they will be inaccessible.

  • This connector will not work properly with multiple coordinators, since each coordinator will have a different metadata.