IBM to Launch New Set of Open-Source ‘Granite’ AI Models

US tech giant International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. revealed on Tuesday its plans to introduce a new suite of open-source ‘Granite’ artificial intelligence (AI) models and help Saudi Arabia with an AI’s Arabic language training.

IBM Chief Executive Arvind Krishna stated that open access will be crucial to their generative AI (genAI) strategy.

By launching Granite AI tools as open-source, the Armonk, New York-based firm grants companies the freedom to use, modify, and study their components. The approach contrasts with Microsoft Corp., which chose to keep its AI systems closed-source.

Krishna said they aim to utilize the potential of open access to do with what AI ‘successfully done with Linux and OpenShift.’

The new set of AI models performed well in handling coding tasks, according to the company, showing efficiency and excellence in producing quality software code that beats other large language models (LLMs).

Regarding revenue, IBM capitalizes on AI tools with its genAI subscription platform, Watsonx. The cloud-based enterprise tool helps ensure the models work seamlessly in a data center after modification.

The tech firm aims to monetize its LLMs through customers’ actual use, whether from IBM or other companies and within or outside the company’s data centers.

IBM Teams Up with SDAIA for ALLaM Training on Watsonx

The language capabilities of Watsonx are set to expand as IBM teams up with the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) to train the agency’s Arabic LLM, ‘ALLaM,’ on the platform.

Currently offered in trial form, ALLaM’s inclusion in Watsonx could help the AI model grow its capabilities in Arabic language generation.

The move also aligns with SDAIA’s broader plan to promote the language on a regional and global level to maintain its integrity while supporting its use by providing Arabic content in the technical, cultural, and scientific fields.

ALLaM is Saudi Arabia’s first locally developed AI system. Developed in collaboration between IBM and SDAIA, the model is designed to answer users’ queries on various topics in Arabic, generating responses from local sources.

IBM Saudi Arabia’s Regional Vice President said the new deal reveals Arabic LLMs’ potential for public and private sectors, meeting the region’s cultural needs and allowing firms to leverage AI systems to build ‘innovative services.’

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