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Intel® Optane™ in CNC programming ?


Hi to everyone!

As a CNC programmer, I'm looking for any way to speed up calculations and toolpath simulation. 


If any of you have experience in this sector and especially with Optane memory in CNC programming, please post your reply. 

Programming software : SolidCam.



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Hello, Nordi.

Thank you for contacting Intel® Memory and Storage support.

As we understand, you are requesting support; related to the Intel® Optane™ Memory.

If we inferred correctly, please, review the following information:

1- The Intel® Optane™ memory is a system acceleration solution that can be used to increase responsiveness on supported Intel platforms with Intel® Rapid Storage Technology software.

The How to Install and Manage Intel® Optane™ Memory Devices article ( can assist you in the following when managing Intel® Optane™ memory devices:

Platform requirements

Steps to configure a new system installation or upgrade

Management with Intel® Optane™ memory capable applications and Intel® RST drivers

Troubleshooting tips 


Contact your system vendor to determine which module (Intel® Optane™ Memory M Series or Intel® Optane™ Memory H Series) is in your system.

The Intel® Optane™ Memory H10 with Solid State Storage device is available as part of a complete system. If you find issues or a need to disable acceleration, such as reinstall the OS or backup data, we strongly recommend you work with your system vendor before changes are made. There may be system customizations specific to the platform.

2- Please consider that the system acceleration works the same while accelerating an HDD or SSD. 

*Note: Performance jump will be different while using an HDD and an SSD.

3- The best option to accelerate your programming software SolidCam* will be by pinning the application.


Pinning is not supported on 12th Generation platforms and Intel RST 19. x drivers.

The following article explains what pinning is, the software/hardware requirements for pinning, and how to use pinning with Intel® Optane™ Memory:

Pinning a File, Folder, or Application for System Acceleration with Intel® Optane™ Memory

We hope you find this information helpful.

We will follow up with you again on Friday, the 18th of February 2022, if we do not receive an answer from you. Please, let us know if you would like to schedule a different date for the follow-up.

Best regards.

Jos B.

Intel® Customer Support Technician.

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Thank you for for this detailed answer JosafathB.

This is a problem for many of us who works with big parts and tight tolerances. Especially on simulations where many surfaces need to be generated in order to represent real work. Although this is not really memory hungry work, I managing 100 GB of my RAM to be used. 

As for pinning, I'm out of luck. We just bought  i9 12gen to pair with DDR5, since 64 core Threadripper shows no improvements over Xeon W-2145 processor.  Graphic card is Nvidia A6000.

Since progress in this field is hugely driven by speed, we will continue to look for improvements. 

Once again, thanks JosafathB.



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Hello, Nordi.

Thank you for your reply; you are more than welcome. It has been a pleasure, and we are glad to hear that you find the information we shared helpful.

We appreciate the time you took to share your configuration and needs with us.

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We hope fellow community members have the knowledge to jump in and help.

Best regards,

Jos B.

Intel® Customer Support Technician.

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