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Meta unveils publicly accessible AI coding tool under community license.

Meta AI introduces “Code Llama,” an AI coding tool powered by the Llama2 large language model (LLM), which was officially launched on August 24th.

Code Llama, a refined iteration of Llama2, has undergone specialized training to excel in generating and discussing computer code.

Meta’s blog post highlights the tool’s diversified offerings, featuring different variants.

One model specifically caters to general coding across multiple programming languages,

such as Python, C++, Java, PHP, TypeScript, C#, Bash, and more.

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Additionally, Code Llama includes distinct models like Code Llama Python and Code Llama Instruct.

The former is optimized specifically for Python applications, catering to the needs of Python developers.

“Because Python is the most benchmarked language for code generation — and because Python and PyTorch play an important role in the AI community — we believe a specialized model provides additional utility.”

Meta has stated that the primary focus of the initial two model variants is to enhance comprehension, explanation, and discussion of code.

Meta Unveils Code Llama Instruct: Empowering Developers with Advanced Code Generation Capabilities

Code Llama Instruct, a refined version of Code Llama specifically designed for code generation.

This enhanced variant has been meticulously engineered by Meta to produce “helpful and safe answers in natural language,” as stated in their blog post.

To cater to diverse operational environments, the models are available in different parameter sizes.

Code Llama is offered in three sizes: 7 billion, 14 billion, and 34 billion parameters,

each offering distinct functionality.

Meta highlights that the 7 billion parameter models can run on a single GPU,

while the 14 billion and 34 billion parameter models require more robust hardware but excel in more complex tasks,

particularly those demanding low latency feedback, such as real-time processes.

Code Llama is made accessible under the same community license agreement as Llama2,

enabling both personal and business use with proper attribution.

This development holds significant potential for businesses and individuals seeking LLM models for coding purposes,

particularly in sectors like fintech, which often face limited support from AI and Big Tech communities.

While developers in the Web3, trading bot, and cryptocurrency exchange spaces have encountered a scarcity of dedicated B2B or B2C solutions for their day-to-day crypto and blockchain coding challenges,

tools like GitHub’s Co-Pilot (built using ChatGPT technology) have provided some assistance.

However, the costs associated with such tools may be prohibitive for certain users,

and the absence of open-source alternatives can pose challenges for proprietary software developers.

The availability of a freely accessible, community-licensed alternative based on Meta’s highly acclaimed Llama2 LLM has the potential to level the playing field for blockchain and crypto projects with limited development resources.

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