Why does it think TAPGRAPHWS1 is a network at all when it's my local machine?
Why should it not? All drivers, Windows DDE and so on run through ports and a port is merely an abstract "network interface" in Windows terms. Anyway, it's a moot point. You are trying to build a fictitious quantum computer because you simply do not understand how this stuff works. Even a RAM disk is a virtual device and inevitably Windows will have to manage its port(s), assign resources and so on, ultimately presenting you with a bottleneck. None of this has any direct low-level access to the actual physical memory and in fact you are introducing overhead by building additional resource management (your RAM disk) on top of others (Windows' existing memory management) with additional "walls" (the port gateways across different processes/ sandboxes) for no good reason. And then, where does it even say that your RAM disks would not concurrently be used by other processes? Where does it say that the reserved RAM area is actually contiguous? There is just so much wrong with your plan. It really is pretty much nonsense, even more so since within AE's crooked MP rendering model there are so many other factors to consider already like how the processes are spawned when needed, how they hibernate in memory and the actual I/O overhead already introduced when you shuffle around gigabytes and gigabytes of redundant data. Again, you are wasting your time trying to make protons spin the other way...
So... "No" is that what you're saying? That I'd be better off getting a small, dedicated SSD for cache? Is that what I'm to glean from your response?
Thanks, I guess(?), Mylenium, for sort of answering my question, although I think you could have done so in a less hostile way. You could have just said "That's a bad idea. RAM disks will cause bottlenecks with other processes, and it's normal for AfterFX.exe to access Network I/O resources in Windows" and been done. And in response to a couple of your comments...
You are trying to build a fictitious quantum computer
It's not "fictitious" at all, it's a real machine. It's right here at my desk. I can even prove it, here's a picture:
you simply do not understand how this stuff works.
Isn't that the entire point of posting questions to forums? If you don't understand something, you internet sleuth for a while and if you still can't find answers, you post questions to a forum. I looked around for any mention of using RAM disks in an AE (or any post-prod) workflow, I found nothing and so I posted a question. ***edit*** I did just find a mention of RAM disks in the Adobe forum that never came up in my Google searches... curious(?) Adobe? are you and Google not playing nice? Anyway, there WASN'T really an answer there either. Adobe folks, is there any way to use RAM disks in an AE workflow that would take advantage of the R/W speed of the RAM disk?***
In all seriousness, though, thank you for answering my question. RAM Disks=Tampering with powers I can't possibly understand... or can we(?)