SambaNova announces new AI Samba-CoE v0.2 that already beats Databricks DBRX

Key Points:

  • Significant achievement with Samba-CoE v0.2 Large Language Model (LLM)
  • Achieves impressive speeds without compromising precision
  • Efficiency demonstrated by requiring only 8 sockets to operate


SambaNova Systems, the AI chip-maker, has achieved a significant milestone with its Samba-CoE v0.2 Large Language Model (LLM), surpassing competitors in speed and efficiency. Operating at an impressive rate of 330 tokens per second, the model outperforms recent models like DBRX from Databricks, MistralAI’s Mixtral-8x7B, and Grok-1 by Elon Musk’s xAI. Notably, this feat is achieved using only 8 sockets while maintaining high precision, in contrast to alternatives requiring significantly more sockets.


The model demonstrated its swift responsiveness, generating 330.42 tokens in just one second when queried about the Milky Way galaxy. Additionally, a question on quantum computing received a rapid response of 332.56 tokens in one second. SambaNova’s focus on efficiency with fewer sockets and high bit rates signifies a breakthrough in computing performance.


The company’s forthcoming release of Samba-CoE v0.3 in partnership with LeptonAI hints at continued innovation. Built on open-source models from Samba-1 and the Sambaverse, SambaNova employs a unique ensembling and model merging approach, setting the stage for future advancements. Compared to leading models like GoogleAI’s Gemma-7B and BigScience’s BLOOM-176B, Samba-CoE v0.2 demonstrates a competitive edge.


Founded in 2017 in Palo Alto, California, SambaNova initially focused on custom AI hardware chips before expanding its offerings to include machine learning services and the SambaNova Suite, a comprehensive enterprise AI platform. The company’s evolution to a full-service AI innovator, highlighted by the development of the 1-trillion-parameter AI model Samba-1, positions it as a significant player in the AI landscape.


With a recent evaluation exceeding $5 billion after a successful Series D funding round, SambaNova competes with industry giants like Nvidia and other emerging AI chip startups. The company’s growth reflects a commitment to scalable and accessible AI technologies. As SambaNova solidifies its position in the AI sector, it presents a compelling challenge to established players and promises continued advancements in AI model development.



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