Sessions from Fully Connected 2024 San Francisco

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The era of generative AI

Lukas Biewald, CEO and Co-Founder at Weights & Biases

We kicked off Fully Connected 2024 with a keynote from Weights & Biases CEO and Co-Founder Lukas Biewald. He shared his perspective on the generative AI industry: where we’ve come from, where we are today, and where we’re headed.

Tools for building AI applications

Shawn Lewis, CTO and Co-Founder at Weights & Biases

Hear from Shawn Lewis on the new Weights & Biases products and features for foundation model builders, enterprises building and fine-tuning their models, and software developers developing generative AI applications.

How Meta trained Llama 3

Joe Spisak, Product Director, Generative AI at Meta

We were thrilled that Joe Spisak, Product Director of GenAI at Meta, unveiled the latest family of Llama models, Llama 3, at Fully Connected.

Learn all about the training processes and alignment of Llama 3, which now ranks as the top-performing model in the open weights category on the MMLU, GSM-K, HumanEval benchmarks.

Overcoming the complexities of generative AI

Kari Briski, VP of Generative AI Software Product Management at NVIDIA

As models grow in complexity and scope, so does the challenge of training them. And few companies understand those challenges better than NVIDIA.

Join Kari Briski as she walks us through how the most innovative companies in the world are grappling with the challenges of training massive models for real-world use cases. 

The future of trust in LLMs

Richard Socher, Founder & CEO at

Richard Socher, CEO and founder of and AIX Ventures, shares insights from his journey of a decade of research in AI and NLP, from the invention of prompt engineering to founding, the first AI Assistant to integrate an LLM with live web access for accurate, up-to-date answers with citations. Richard discusses how to tackle the biggest challenges facing LLMs, from hallucinations to generic responses. 

Snowflake Copilot: Building the most powerful SQL LLM in the world

Vivek Raghunathan, VP of Engineering at Snowflake

Join Vivek Raghunathan to learn how Snowflake approaches building a powerful large language model for SQL, the challenges they faced along the way, and how they overcame them. 

Generative AI: Scaling Adobe Firefly infrastructure and ML workflows

Ersin Yumer, Sr. Director of Engineering, AI/ML and Data at Adobe

At Adobe, hundreds of researchers and engineers work on large-scale generative AI models from initial research and prototyping to production and serving models at inference time for many applications to consume, including Adobe flagship products such as Photoshop.

In this talk, Ersin introduces how Adobe revamped and scaled their ML infrastructure and workflows to optimize for speed in research to production.

Getting started with large-scale training and LLMOps in Azure AI

Manash Goswami, Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft

Azure AI is at the foundation of generative AI innovations you see today: OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft Copilots are all built on top of Azure AI platforms and tooling. 

In this session, Manash covers a wide range of topics and best practices from large-scale training to build your LLMs and leverage pre-built LLMs from our model catalog. You’ll also learn how to get from prototype to production with LLMOps and new developer tools for iterative debugging, evaluation, deployment, and monitoring.

Deploying one of the first NVIDIA GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip Clusters in Lambda Cloud

David Hall, VP of NVIDIA Solutions, Lambda

Lambda introduced one of the first NVIDIA GH200 GPU clusters in its cloud, featuring NVIDIA’s new ARM-based Grace CPU for enhanced efficiency and coherent NVIDIA NVLink-C2C interconnect that provides 900 GB/s of bandwidth between the Grace CPU and Hopper GPU. The presentation will discuss Lambda’s GH200 cluster design optimized for ML training and our findings on training performance.

Training recipes and scaling strategies for high-quality GenAI models

Natalia Vassilieva, VP and Field CTO, ML at Cerebras Systems

Join Natalia as she shares how Cerebras trains large models and what they learned along the way. She shares her experience and insights from training various LLMs and multi-modal models, techniques for compute-efficient training of dense models, amd the benefits of sparse training and inference on Cerebras hardware.

AI 2024: The journey from here

Sri Viswanath, General Partner & Managing Director at Coatue

In this closing keynote, Sri gives an investor’s point of view about the state of AI today and where he expects our space to be in the next year. He looks at broad investment trends, the transition from research to deployment to business value, and forecasts the next big thing in AI. 

NVIDIA and Weights & Biases fireside chat

Lukas Biewald, CEO and Co-Founder at Weights & Biases + Manuvir Das, VP of Enterprise Computing at NVIDIA

Join Manavir and Lukas for a candid conversation about the direction of machine learning as a space, why NVIDIA is investing so much in NIM, the partnership between NVIDIA and Weights & Biases, and what both men expect to see in the coming year in AI. 

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