Exploring Llama 2: From Installation to Interaction

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Akash Kumar

Engineering Lead

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The race to create robust Generative Large Language Models (LLMs) has been heating up with the release of GPT from OpenAI. Companies are now competing to develop their own LLMs, which can be a cumbersome process involving thorough research and numerous trials and errors. One of the key challenges in developing LLMs is curating high-quality datasets, as the effectiveness of these models heavily depends on the data they are trained on.

In this blog, we will explore Llama, a Generative AI model developed by Meta AI, a company owned by Meta (formerly Facebook). We will discuss the features and capabilities of Llama 2, the latest version of the model. We will also explain how researchers can access the Llama 2 model weights for non-commercial uses.

Llama: A Generative AI Model

Llama (Large Language Model Meta AI) is a Generative AI model developed by Meta AI. The model was announced in February 2023, and it represents a group of foundational LLMs developed by the company. With the introduction of Llama, Meta has entered the LLM space and is now competing with OpenAI's GPT and Google's PaLM models.

One of the unique features of Llama is that it is completely open-source and free for anyone to use. Meta AI has released the Llama weights for researchers for non-commercial uses, which is not the case with other LLMs like GPT and PaLM. This move by Meta AI has opened up new possibilities for researchers and developers who can now access and work with the Llama model weights without any restrictions.

Llama 2: A Step Forward

Llama 2 is the latest version of the Llama model, which surpasses the previous version, Llama version 1, in terms of performance and capabilities. Llama 2 was trained on 2 trillion pre-training tokens, which is a significant improvement over the previous version. The context length for all the Llama 2 models is 4k, which is twice the context length of Llama 1.

Llama 2 has achieved the highest score on Hugging Face, outperforming state-of-the-art open-source models such as Falcon and MPT in various benchmarks, including MMLU, TriviaQA, Natural Question, HumanEval, and others. The comprehensive benchmark scores for Llama 2 can be found on Meta AI's website.

Furthermore, Llama 2 has undergone fine-tuning for chat-related use cases, involving training with over 1 million human annotations. These chat models are readily available to use on the Hugging Face website.

Access to Llama 2

The source code for Llama 2 is available on GitHub, which means that researchers and developers can access and modify the code for non-commercial uses. However, to access the original weights of Llama 2, users need to provide their name and email address on the Meta AI website.To download the model weights, users need to click on accept and continue after providing their name, email address, and organization (student if you are not working). Once the email is verified, users can access the model weights and start working with them.

Working with Llama 2

Now that we have discussed the features and capabilities of Llama 2, let's explore how researchers and developers can work with this model using Hugging Face, Langchain, and Ctransformers.

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