Using Hard Disk Space as Ram

Posted on 2004-10-21
Last Modified: 2010-04-01
Is there anyway in C++ to use the hard disk as RAM. Maybe even pre-allocate a block of space say like 2 - 5GB. If anyone can show me how or send me a tutorial it would help out tremendously.

I realize that here might be a slower access time but can anyone also point out any other ill effects that doing this may have with the code sample or tutorial.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:alfonzocarson
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    What you wanna do is use binary file I/O, and pretty much have some kind of temp file in your directory which contains whichever memory information you want to store...

    Check this page, it shows you how to insert data and access data at any position you want inside a file.

    This is just the File I/O part.  You can get a lot more complicated than that.. You could use a hash table to tell you where to write to, you could have page tables, etc, etc.  How you decide to implement it depends on what kind of data you are storing and for what.  If you want to give more detail about the data, maybe we can help you more.

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    I'm trying to create a caching engine. But I don't want to load 500,000 records into RAM on the server. But I would like to have all of the benefits of memory resident data access. Will this tutorial get me there. There server will have 60+ GB of hard disk space on them, as they really aren't being used for anything other than a remoting service which makes calls to a SQL Database (on a separate machine).
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    You can use map file API functions to map a file to memory.

    What is your OS?

    If you're using Windows, you can use the MapView API functions.
    If you're using UNIX/Linux, you can use POSIX map file functions.
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    See following link for file mapping example that works with Windows, UNIX, and Linux


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    Is this file going to be stored in memory or on the hard disk. I'm not up to speed on memory mapped files.
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    >> Is this file going to be stored in memory or on the hard disk. I'm not up to speed on memory mapped files.

    The file is stored on the hard disk, but you access the file data via a memory buffer.

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