This release updates the language packs for Swedish and Arabic. It also adds metadata tags for disfluencies in English in the JSON output and updates Linux Ubuntu OS on which the appliance runs.
Currently, Speechmatics supports 2 python libraries for use with our Real-time products.
smwebsocket-py is recommended for use for the Real-time Virtual Appliance only, and
speechmatics-python is recommended for use in both our Real-time Container and our Real-time Virtual Appliance. In a future release we will exclusively support
speechmatics-python as our preferred Python library. We recommend you familiarise yourself with this library and use wherever possible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require access to this library.
This release makes changes to the buffer when sending
addAudio messages. If an
AudioAdded message is now sent, it means that the audio is definitively ready for transcription. The RTVA has a buffer of up to 10 seconds of speech, or 500 add Audio messages per worker. If this buffer is exceeded, no further
AudioAdded messages messages will be returned from the Appliance for that specific worker until the buffer has capacity. Please ensure any integration you have to the Real-time Virtual Appliance is able to tolerate this buffer by ensuring that sending and receiving messages runs in another thread or uses some other mechanism to avoid getting blocked. For the Real-time virtual appliance where audio is sent faster than real-time, it is recommended to use a semaphore of size 500 or audio length of 10 seconds to avoid any unnecessary memory consumption.
If you are importing an appliance using VMWare, please note that the
hardware_version of the appliance has been updated from 9 to 11. This is to automatically take advantages of performance optimisation using Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2). This should have no effect on the appliance assuming you are on a version of VMWare ESXi supported by Speechmatics (versions 6.5 onwards).
If you are importing an appliance through VirtualBox, and AVX2 is not automatically enabled, you can also take advantage of the the performance benefits from AVX 2 following these guidelines.
It is recommended to run the appliance on processors that support AVX2 in order to take advantage of latest performance optimisations.
The following issues are addressed since the previous release:
|Issue ID||Summary||Resolution Description|
|REQ-10634||Putting "-" as an item in ||Do not enter just a "-" on its own in Custom Dictionary either as an additional vocab item or in the |
|REQ-11136||Transcripts are direct written to the Real-time Virtual Appliance logs||Transcripts are no longer written directly to the logs or persisted to disk, even temporarily, for security reasons.|
|REQ-14795||Configuration information was not written to logs in StartRecognitionMessage||Transcription Configuration information is now logged as part of th StartRecognitionMessage. Individual custom dictionary entries are redacted|
|REQ-17771||Wide-space Unicode characters in Custom Dictionary cause jobs to fail||This is now fixed and wide-spaced characters should be accepted|
The following are known issues in this release:
|Issue ID||Summary||Detailed Description and Possible Workarounds|
|REQ-1409||Proteus HCL with ||A custom dictionary list that contains the word '|
|REQ-7549||Memory leak affecting gRPC||There is a small memory leak in the gRPC Python server https://github.com/grpc/grpc/issues/5913.|
|REQ-10160||Advanced punctuation for Spanish (es) does not contain inverted marks.||Inverted marks [ ¿ ¡ ] are not currently available for Spanish advanced punctuation.|
|REQ-10627||Double full stops when acronym is at the end of the sentence||If there is an acronym at the end of the sentence, then a double full stop will be output, for example: "team G.B.."|
|REQ-11792||Speaker change token positioning is incorrect||We are aware of a consistent mis-placing of the speaker change |
|REQ-12202||High memory usage when using custom dictionary||It has been observed that when using custom dictionary an additional 800-1700MB of memory is required (depending on the size of the wordlist used).|
|REQ-16256||Heavy usage of RAM when swapping between 8kHz and 16kHz input||Where multiple persistent workers are configured with Custom Dictionary that swap between 8kHz and 16kHz input, this can cause a memory leak that causes the container to crash. If this starts to impact services it is recommended to restart all the services with the management API or drop the worker count to 1 and then increase it again|
Virtual Appliance image (OVA) for installation on:
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.
There are five variants of the Real-time Virtual Appliance.
|Variant||Image Size||Max. Disk Space||Languages|
|mini||15GB||40GB||en, de, es|
|midi||27GB||60GB||en, de, es, fr, ko, ja, nl, pt|
|maxi||44GB||80GB||en, de, es, fr, ko, ja, nl, pt, it, da, pl, ca, hi, ru, sv|
|plus||45GB||80GB||en, cmn, no, ar, bg, cs, el, fi, hu, hr, lt, lv, ro, sk, sl, tr, ms|
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.
Upload the OVA to VMWare ESX, VMWare Workstation Player, or VirtualBox. See the Installation and Admin Guide for more information.