Linux RAM filesystem

I do datamining, and the first thing learned is that 80% of this wonderful science is datapreparation.  I am looking for cheap wais to manage large about of data, and today i want to try how a RAM disk in Linux performs to create a dataset for weka.

As root, i want a 10MB file (yes, even though it is far away from being big data, the data preparation was taking several minutes)

root@talento:~# mkfs -q /dev/ram1 10240
root@talento:~# mkdir -p /ramcache
root@talento:~# mount /dev/ram1 /ramcache
root@talento:~# df -H | grep ramcache
/dev/ram1               11M    95k   9.6M   1% /ramcache