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4 Reasons Why Sierraware’s Compression Is Better than Pied Piper’s


4 Reasons Why SierraVMI’s Compression Is Better than Pied Piper’s

This past June, hundreds of thousands of viewers in the U.S. and the Philippines tuned in to watch Pied Piper’s Condor Cam. While the condor egg never hatched, viewers witnessed an equally riveting event: a museum worker falling down a ravine. Condor cam watchers observed every moan and every whimper in high resolution from Pied Piper’s ground-breaking 4K middle-out compression.

After the Condor Cam went dark, many viewers[i] asked the Sierraware team how our compression would stack up against Pied Piper’s. Like Pied Piper, SierraVMI Virtual Mobile Infrastructure also compresses video streams. So, to answer your collective request, our engineering team performed and in-depth analysis and they discovered—low and behold—that our compression beats out Pied Piper’s middle-out algorithm. Here’s why:

  • SierraVMI uses popular codecs, so it can provide optimal performance and not burden mobile device CPUs for decoding. Offering two different types of compression image formats, users can adjust settings based on their requirements. Pied Piper, with its new, middle-out compression, would not support ordinary GPU cards for acceleration or hardware codecs in most mobile devices.
  • The type of data you compress can be as important as the actual compression algorithm. With streaming data, SierraVMI uses an intelligent data selection algorithm to find the pixels that have changed and data that can be re-constructed from historical data without re-transmission. It reduces the amount of information that needs to be transmitted, putting less burden on the compression algorithm and enabling the solution to handle low-bandwidth networks.
  • SierraVMI uses a variable frame rate feature that dynamically adjusts the vertical sync and the frame rate based on application requirements or based on the type of user interaction. Its intelligent algorithm takes into account various attributes such as an active text input field to temporarily increase the frame rate.
  • Unlike Pied Piper’s technology, Sierraware’s compression technology actually exists. Vinith Misra, the Silicon Valley consultant that helped devise Pied Piper’s compression, admitted in an interview: “We had to come up with an approach that isn’t possible today, but it isn’t immediately obvious that it isn’t possible.” In contrast, Sierraware’s compression is very real. Test it out yourself today or watch an online demo of SierraVMI in action.

Tune in next week as we compare the Return on Investment (ROI) of purchasing SierraVMI to investment options from Gringotts Bank and the Iron Bank of Braavos.


[i]  By many, I mean none