The Cost-Efficient Way of Using LLMs for Enterprise

Marko Vidrih
4 min readOct 27, 2023

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Spend Less, Achieve More: The Enterprise Journey to Cost-Efficient LLM Utilization

The burgeoning interest in Large Language Models (LLMs) among enterprises steers toward a pivotal concern — the cost of utilizing these AI marvels. While renowned models by OpenAI take the limelight, emerging open-source counterparts like Llama 2, Falcon 180-B, and Mistral 7B are not far behind in performance, offering a more cost-effective alternative.

Using a customized version of OpenAI’s language model is ten times more expensive than using the standard.

Industry aficionados are tilting towards domain-specific LLMs, emphasizing a tailored approach for optimal results. However, the journey to selecting the right LLM is laden with considerations, balancing cost against performance. The cost intricacies stretch from the size of the model, commanding the computational resources, to the context length influencing the model’s comprehension depth. In a realm where a customized OpenAI language model can cost tenfold, the quest for a cost-efficient pathway to harness the prowess of LLMs for enterprises has never been so profound.

Opportunities Unveiled by LLMs:

  1. Automation and Efficiency: LLMs automate mundane tasks such as email drafting and customer service, thus freeing up human resources for more strategic endeavors.
  2. Cost Savings: Through automation, enterprises can significantly cut operational costs, especially in customer service and content creation sectors.

Challenges with LLMs Adoption:

The journey of integrating LLMs in enterprises hasn’t been entirely rosy. Here are the hurdles faced:

  1. High Initial and Ongoing Costs: The cost factor is a significant deterrent, with larger models like GPT-4 requiring substantial computational resources, thus escalating both upfront and ongoing costs.
  2. Technical Expertise: The need for experienced AI professionals to manage and interpret AI models adds to the cost and complexity.
  3. Data Privacy Concerns: Ensuring data privacy and compliance with data regulations is crucial, adding another layer of complexity and cost.

Enterprises have been seeking alternatives to mitigate the high costs associated with deploying models like ChatGPT. The quest for cost-effective solutions has led to the emergence of a novel approach — the Multi-Agent LLM Framework.

OpenAI’s GPT-4 32K is the most expensive model on the market, but not also the best in all the areas.

Llama 2 is 30 times cheaper from GPT-4
PaLM 2 model is ~7.5x less expensive than GPT-4
Claude 2 (100K) is 4–5x cheaper than GPT-4–3
Mistral is ~187x cheaper then GPT-4

The Rise of Multi-Agent LLMs:

  • Transition from singular LLMs to a multi-agent approach, integrating distinct AI entities like GPT-4, BART, Claude, LLaMA, Mistral, and others.
  • This approach expands the possibilities by combining models with tools like Google Search, enhancing the scope and effectiveness of AI solutions.

The Autonomous Multi-Agent LLM Framework:

  • Each LLM has unique attributes, e.g., GPT-4 excels in natural language processing, PaLM in predictive learning, and Claude and LLaMA in contextual understanding.
  • The framework orchestrates these models to work in tandem, ensuring accurate and efficient task execution across various scenarios.

Creatus’s Multi-Agent LLM Framework:

Creatus has pioneered a groundbreaking framework that dynamically creates and orchestrates multiple specialized agents, forming an AI ensemble tailored to specific tasks. This framework hinges on the unique attributes of each LLM, orchestrating them to work in tandem for accurate and efficient task execution across various scenarios.

ChatGPT API costs, understanding token costs, fine-tuning and deployment costs, can be nicely calculated here: https://ruvnet.github.io/openai-cost-estimator/

Cost Efficiency:

Creatus’s approach underscores a remarkable reduction in costs. For instance, in a climate change demo below, while the cost of using ChatGPT (GPT-4 32K) stands at $13.61 (image above), Creatus’s framework drastically reduces the cost to $4.22. This cost efficiency is achieved by leveraging models like Llama 2, PaLM 2, Claude 2, and Mistral, which are significantly cheaper than GPT-4, yet effective in their respective domains.

Improved Accuracy and Efficiency:

By orchestrating various models, Creatus’s framework mitigates issues like hallucination, saves time with prompting, and enhances accuracy. The framework employs GPT-4 as a “manager” to form personas and delegate tasks to the most suited models, thus optimizing the AI solution for each specific task.

Enterprise Use Cases for Autonomous Multi-Agent LLMs:

Complex Inquiry Management:

  • Handling multifaceted client queries by decoding and refining queries, pinpointing nuances, sourcing data, and providing proactive responses.

Research and Development:

  • Comprehensive analysis through extraction of key information, managing multi-modal data, and ensuring contextual accuracy.

Code Execution and Technical Tasks:

  • Translating high-level tasks into executable actions, managing APIs, and ensuring inter-model communication.

Predictive Analysis and Forecasting:

  • Offering accurate predictions based on historical data, current market trends, and generative capabilities.

Multi-modal Data Processing:

  • Comprehensive analysis across varied data types like text, images, video, and audio.

Task-specific Training and Adaptability:

  • Tailoring AI solutions for distinct enterprise needs through task-specific training.

And much more …

The Creatus’s Multi-Agent LLM framework represents a paradigm shift in how enterprises leverage AI. By addressing the cost concern and enhancing the accuracy and efficiency of AI solutions, this framework paves the way for a more robust, cost-effective, and innovative approach to problem-solving and decision-making in enterprises. Through a thoughtful integration of various LLMs, enterprises now have a viable pathway to harness the full potential of AI while navigating the associated challenges.

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