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MPT-30B-Instruct is a model for short-form instruction following. It is built by finetuning MPT-30B on Dolly HHRLHF derived from the Databricks Dolly-15k and the Anthropic Helpful and Harmless (HH-RLHF) datasets. It is also trained on Competition Math, Duorc, CoT GSM8k, Qasper, Quality, Summ Screen FD and Spider.

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This model was trained by MosaicML and follows a modified decoder-only transformer architecture.

Model Date

June 22, 2023

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Example Question/Instruction


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Best, Your Friend

How to Use

Note: This model requires that trust_remote_code=True be passed to the from_pretrained method. This is because we use a custom model architecture that is not yet part of the transformers package.

It includes options for many training efficiency features such as FlashAttention (Dao et al. 2022), ALiBi, QK LayerNorm, and more.

import transformers
model = transformers.AutoModelForCausalLM.from_pretrained(

To use the optimized triton implementation of FlashAttention, you can load the model on GPU (cuda:0) with attn_impl='triton' and with bfloat16 precision:

import torch
import transformers

name = 'mosaicml/mpt-30b-instruct'

config = transformers.AutoConfig.from_pretrained(name, trust_remote_code=True)
config.attn_config['attn_impl'] = 'triton'  # change this to use triton-based FlashAttention
config.init_device = 'cuda:0' # For fast initialization directly on GPU!

model = transformers.AutoModelForCausalLM.from_pretrained(
  torch_dtype=torch.bfloat16, # Load model weights in bfloat16

The model was trained initially on a sequence length of 2048. An additional pre-training phase was included for sequence length adaptation to 8192. However, ALiBi further enables users to increase the maximum sequence length during finetuning and/or inference. For example:

import transformers

name = 'mosaicml/mpt-30b-instruct'

config = transformers.AutoConfig.from_pretrained(name, trust_remote_code=True)
config.max_seq_len = 16384 # (input + output) tokens can now be up to 16384

model = transformers.AutoModelForCausalLM.from_pretrained(

This model was trained with the MPT-30B tokenizer which is based on the EleutherAI/gpt-neox-20b tokenizer and includes additional padding and eos tokens.

from transformers import AutoTokenizer
tokenizer = AutoTokenizer.from_pretrained('mosaicml/mpt-30b')

The model can then be used, for example, within a text-generation pipeline.
Note: when running Torch modules in lower precision, it is best practice to use the torch.autocast context manager.

from transformers import pipeline

with torch.autocast('cuda', dtype=torch.bfloat16):
    inputs = tokenizer('Here is a recipe for vegan banana bread:\n', return_tensors="pt").to('cuda')
    outputs = model.generate(**inputs, max_new_tokens=100)
    print(tokenizer.batch_decode(outputs, skip_special_tokens=True))

# or using the HF pipeline
pipe = pipeline('text-generation', model=model, tokenizer=tokenizer, device='cuda:0')
with torch.autocast('cuda', dtype=torch.bfloat16):
        pipe('Here is a recipe for vegan banana bread:\n',


This model was trained on data formatted as follows:

def format_prompt(instruction):
    template = "Below is an instruction that describes a task. Write a response that appropriately completes the request.\n\n###Instruction\n{instruction}\n\n### Response\n"
    return template.format(instruction=instruction)

example = "Tell me a funny joke.\nDon't make it too funny though."
fmt_ex = format_prompt(instruction=example)

In the above example, fmt_ex is ready to be tokenized and sent through the model.

Model Description

The architecture is a modification of a standard decoder-only transformer.

The model has been modified from a standard transformer in the following ways:

Hyperparameter Value
n_parameters 29.95B
n_layers 48
n_heads 64
d_model 7168
vocab size 50432
sequence length 8192

Data Mix

The model was trained on the following data mix:

Data Source Number of Tokens in Source Proportion
competition_math 1.6 M 3.66%
cot_gsm8k 3.36 M 7.67%
dialogsum 0.1 M 0.23%
dolly_hhrlhf 5.89 M 13.43%
duorc 7.8 M 17.80%
qasper 8.72 M 19.90%
quality 11.29 M 25.78%
scrolls/summ_screen_fd 4.97 M 11.33%
spider 0.089 M 0.20%

PreTraining Data

For more details on the pretraining process, see MPT-30B.

The data was tokenized using the EleutherAI/gpt-neox-20b tokenizer.

Training Configuration

This model was trained on 72 A100 40GB GPUs for 8 hours using the MosaicML Platform. The model was trained with sharded data parallelism using FSDP and used the AdamW optimizer.

Limitations and Biases

The following language is modified from EleutherAI's GPT-NeoX-20B

MPT-30B-Instruct can produce factually incorrect output, and should not be relied on to produce factually accurate information. MPT-30B-Instruct was trained on various public datasets. While great efforts have been taken to clean the pretraining data, it is possible that this model could generate lewd, biased or otherwise offensive outputs.


This model was finetuned by Sam Havens, Alex Trott, and the MosaicML NLP team

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Please cite this model using the following format:

    author    = {MosaicML NLP Team},
    title     = {Introducing MPT-30B: Raising the bar
for open-source foundation models},
    year      = {2023},
    url       = {www.mosaicml.com/blog/mpt-30b},
    note      = {Accessed: 2023-06-22},
    urldate   = {2023-06-22}
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