UAE’s TII introduces most powerful open LLM ‘Falcon 180B’

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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UAE’s Technology Innovation Institute (TII) has launched ‘Falcon 180B’, an advanced iteration of its flagship large language model (LLM), marking a new milestone in its generative AI technologies.

The launch strengthens the UAE’s dominance in AI, offering Falcon 180B as an open-access model for research and commercial purposes.

Following the success of Falcon 40B, TII, the applied research pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) continues to lead the charge in generative AI.

Falcon 40B is an open-source AI model that swiftly ascended to the top of the Hugging Face Leaderboard for LLMs in May 2023. Falcon 40B marked one of the first instances of open-source models for both researchers and commercial users, and it was considered a pioneering leap in the field.

Faisal Al Bannai
Faisal Al Bannai

“We envision a future where the transformative power of AI is within everyone’s reach. We are committed to democratizing access to advanced AI, as our privacy and the potential impact of AI on humanity should not be controlled by a select few. While we may not have all the answers, our resolve remains unwavering: to collaborate and contribute to the open-source community, ensuring that the benefits of AI are shared by all.”

Dr. Ebtesam Almazrouei, Executive Director and Acting Chief Researcher of the AI Cross-Center Unit at TII, said that “the launch of Falcon 180B exemplifies our dedication to advancing the frontiers of AI, and we are thrilled to share its limitless potential with the world.”

With a staggering 180 billion parameters and trained on 3.5 trillion tokens, Falcon 180B soars to the top of the Hugging Face Leaderboard for pretrained LLMs, outperforming notable competitors like Meta’s LLaMA 2 in various benchmarks, including reasoning, coding, proficiency, and knowledge tests.

Launch of Falcon 180B

According to the statement, “Among the best-closed source LLMs, Falcon 180B ranks just behind OpenAI’s latest GPT 4 and is on par with the performance of Google’s PaLM 2 Large, the model powering Bard – despite being half the size of the model. The licensing framework for the model is established on ‘Falcon 180B TII License’, which is based upon Apache 2.0.”

Further, Falcon 180B is compatible with the following major languages: English, German, Spanish, and French, with limited capabilities in Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Dutch, Romanian, Czech, and Swedish.

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