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MBZUAI Launches Large Language Model ‘K2-65B’

Source: WAM

Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), in collaboration with Petuum and LLM360, has launched “K2-65B”, a ground-breaking open-source 65-billion parameter large language model (LLM).

K2 sets new standards in transparency and performance for open-source artificial intelligence (AI) by providing a blueprint for documenting and studying the full lifecycle of LLMs, including all reproduction details.

Using LLM360’s LLM release framework enables the community-led pursuit of the artificial general intelligence (AGI) vision through peer-reviewed, transparent, reproducible, and collaborative open-source research and development of LLMs. The model is available globally and freely under the Apache 2.0 licence.

K2-65B is the only third-party reproducible LLM to outperform major private sector state-of-the-art LLMs, such as the Llama 2 70B.

LLMs have become one of the most important tools in natural language processing (NLP), enabling computers to understand and generate text in a way that is similar to human communication.

UAE companies have made important progress in this field in recent years, notably the world’s most advanced Arabic LLM Jais – developed in partnership with Core42, MBZUAI, and Cerebras Systems.

MBZUAI President and University Professor Eric Xing, who supported the development of K2, as well as other large-scale AI systems under the university’s Institute of Foundation Models (IFM), said, “The launch of K2-65B demonstrates the UAE’s growing prowess in superior LLM development. The model epitomises the importance of embracing an open and collaborative approach to create LLMs with unmatched performance and efficiency and the power to bring transformation to all sectors and organisations.”

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