About Falcon LLM

Falcon-40B is a large language model (LLM) developed by the Technology Innovation Institute (TII). It is the first home-grown, open-source LLM from the UAE and the Middle East, boasting 40 billion parameters trained on one trillion tokens. Falcon-40B has generated global interest due to its transparent, open-source feature, and TII is currently inviting creative proposals for its deployment.

Here are four key features of Falcon-40B

  1. Performance: Falcon-40B is currently one of the best open-source models available, outperforming other models like LLaMA, StableLM, RedPajama, and MPT.
  2. Optimized Architecture: The model features an architecture optimized for inference, with FlashAttention and multiquery.
  3. Permissive License: Falcon-40B is available under the Apache 2.0 license, allowing for commercial use without any royalties or restrictions.
  4. Versatility: While it is a raw, pretrained model, it can be further fine-tuned for most use cases. It also has a variant, Falcon-40B-Instruct, better suited to taking generic instructions in a chat format.