Batch Virtual Appliance

Important Notices

Deprecation Note

The legacy V1 API that the Batch Virtual Appliance currently supports will be removed by February 2022. The V2 API as used in the Speechmatics SaaS (https://asr.api.speechmatics.com/v2/docs) is now supported in the Batch Virtual Appliance. We recommend all customers move to using the V2 API. Please see the section How to use the V2 API.

The new enhanced model requires increased compute requirements and new recommended AVX flags. Please check the updated system requirements in the installation guide and ensure your hardware meets Speechmatics' recommendations. Otherwise you may see a slow down in processing speed when using the enhanced model. It is also now necessary to run the appliance on processors that support AVX2 in order to take advantage of latest performance optimisations for both the standard and enhanced model for all language packs.

If you are importing an appliance through VirtualBox, and AVX flags are not automatically enabled, you can also take advantage of the the performance benefits from AVX2 following these guidelines.

What's New

3.8.0

  • New improved language packs for all 31 languages. By default a language pack will contain a standard and enhanced model for all 31 languages. The standard model is available to use, with no user change required. For using the enhanced model refer to the API guide for details
  • General improvements in pop culture terms recognition for the English language pack
  • Removal of foreign characters from English and German language packs
  • Profanity tagging in Italian and Spanish
  • Chinese Mandarin language pack now supports Traditional as well as Simplified Mandarin. Please see API guide for guidelines of how to do so

Known Limitations

The following are known issues in this release:

Issue IDSummaryDetailed Description and Possible Workarounds
REQ-1409Proteus HCL with <unk> causes out of memory errorA custom dictionary list that contains the word '' causes the worker to crash.
REQ-7549Memory leak affecting gRPCThere is a small memory leak in the gRPC Python server https://github.com/grpc/grpc/issues/5913.
REQ-10160Advanced punctuation for Spanish (es) does not contain inverted marks.Inverted marks [ ¿ ¡ ] are not currently available for Spanish advanced punctuation.
REQ-10627Double full stops when acronym is at the end of the sentenceIf there is an acronym at the end of the sentence, then a double full stop will be output, for example: "team G.B.."
REQ-10634Putting "-" as an item in additional vocab configuration will cause the container to failDo not enter just a "-" on its own in Custom Dictionary either as an additional vocab item or in the sounds_like property. Hyphens are still supported when entered as part of phrases or words
REQ-14402When running very large numbers of small jobs (less than 10 seconds) offline, this may cause some of the jobs to be rejectedIf you encounter this issue, please ensure licensing is in offline mode when running the appliance offline
REQ-20261The Japanese language pack may output fewer punctuation marks in certain scenariosIn some cases, users may see a decreased output in punctuation marks when transcribing in Japanese. Please report this if this is the case

Supported Platforms

Virtual Appliance image (OVA) for installation on:

  • VMware ESXi 6.5+ or VMware Workstation Player.
  • VirtualBox 5.2+
  • Amazon EC2

See the Installation and Admin Guide for details on the minimum specifications for the VM. The maximum number of concurrent jobs (maxworkers) that you can run on a single appliance is 30.

Form Factors

VariantImage SizeMax. Disk SpaceLanguages
nano12GB40GBen
mini19GB40GBen, de, es
midi38GB60GBen, de, es, fr, ko, ja, nl, pt
maxi65GB80GBen, de, es, fr, ko, ja, nl, pt, it, da, pl, ca, hi, ru, sv
plus65GB80GBen, cmn, no, ar, bg, cs, el, fi, hu, hr, lt, lv, ro, sk, sl, tr, ms

Upgrade Path

Remove the license from your old appliance (see the Admin Guide), then re-import the new OVA and configure networking as per the Installation and Admin guide. You will need to re-apply the license code you have once the OVA has imported.

Installation

Upload the OVA to VMWare ESX, VMWare Workstation Player, or VirtualBox. See the Installation and Admin Guide for more information.

Performance at Scale

Further notes on IOPS requirements under heavy usage of the appliance are now provided in the System Requirements section of the Installation Guide.