How do we choose the right LLM for our GenAI needs?

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How do we choose the right LLM for our GenAI needs?

Daniel Steinhold Asked question April 7, 2024

Snowflake doesn't currently offer native support for Large Language Models (LLMs) itself. However, there are workarounds to integrate external LLMs with Snowflake for your Generative AI (GenAI) needs. Here's how to approach choosing the right LLM for your Snowflake environment:

  1. Identify your GenAI goals: What specific tasks do you want the LLM to perform? Is it for text generation, translation, code completion, or something else? Different LLMs excel in different areas.

  2. Consider available Cloud LLMs: Major cloud providers like Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) offer pre-trained LLMs accessible through APIs. Explore options like Google AI's Bard or Amazon Comprehend depending on your cloud preference.

  3. Evaluate LLM capabilities: Look for features that align with your goals. Some LLMs offer fine-tuning capabilities where you can train them on your specific data for better performance.

  4. Integration with Snowflake: While Snowflake doesn't directly integrate with LLMs, you can leverage tools like External Functions or Snowpipe to connect your chosen LLM's API to Snowflake. This allows you to call the LLM from within Snowflake and process results.

  5. Cost and Scalability: Cloud-based LLMs often have pay-per-use models. Consider the cost of processing based on your expected usage. Additionally, ensure the LLM can scale to handle your data volume.

Here are some additional resources that might be helpful:

  • Generative AI on AWS: This discusses best practices for using LLMs with cloud services [refer to general books on generative AI).
  • Snowflake External Functions: [Snowflake documentation on External Functions]

By considering these factors, you can choose an LLM that complements your Snowflake environment and fulfills your GenAI requirements. Remember, while Snowflake doesn't natively integrate LLMs, there are workarounds to leverage their capabilities within your data workflows.

Daniel Steinhold Changed status to publish April 7, 2024

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