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FluxNinja joins CodeRabbit

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Gur Singh
Vishu Kaur

FluxNinja joins CodeRabbit

We are excited to announce that CodeRabbit has acquired FluxNinja, a startup that provides a platform for building scalable generative AI applications. This acquisition will allow us to ship new use cases at an industrial-pace while sustaining our rapidly growing user base. FluxNinja's Aperture product provides advanced rate & concurrency limiting, caching, and request prioritization capabilities that are essential for reliable and cost-effective AI workflows.

Since our launch, Aperture's open-source core engine has been critical to our infrastructure. Our initial use case centered around mitigating aggressive rate limits imposed by OpenAI, allowing us to prioritize paid and real-time chat users during peak load hours while queuing requests from the free users. Further, we used Aperture's caching and rate-limiting capabilities to manage costs that in turn allowed us to offer open-source developers a fully featured free tier by minimizing abuse. These capabilities allowed us to scale our user base without ever putting up a waitlist and at a price point that is sustainable for us. With Aperture's help, CodeRabbit has scaled to over 100K repositories and several thousand organizations under its review in a short period.

We started CodeRabbit with a vision to build an AI-first developer tooling company from the ground up. Building enterprise-ready applied AI tech is unlike any other software engineering challenge of the past. Based on our learnings while building complex workflows, it became apparent that we need to invest in a platform that can solve the following problems:

  • Prompt rendering: Prompt design and rendering is akin to responsive web design. Web servers render pages based on the screen size and other parameters, for example, on a mobile device, navigation bars are usually rendered as hamburger menus, making it easier for human consumption. Similarly, we need a prompt server that can render prompts based on the context windows of underlying models and prioritize the packing of context based on business attributes, making it easier for AI consumption. It's not feasible to include the entire repository, past conversations, documentation, learnings, etc. in a single code review prompt because of the context window size limitations. Even if it was possible, AI models exhibit poor recall when doing an inference on a completely packed context window. While tight packing may be acceptable for use cases like chat, it’s not for use cases like code reviews that require accurate inferences. Therefore, it's critical to render prompts in such a way that the quality of inference is high for each use-case, while being cost-effective and fast. In addition to packing logic, basic guardrails are also needed, especially when rendering prompts based on inputs from end-users. Since we provide a free service to public repositories, we have to ensure that our product is not misused beyond its intended purpose or tricked into divulging sensitive information, which could include our base prompts.

  • Validation & quality checks: Generative AI models consume text and output text. On the other hand, traditional code and APIs required structured data. Therefore, the prompt service needs to expose a RESTful or gRPC API that can be consumed by the other services in the workflow. We touched upon the rendering of prompts based on structured requests in the previous point, but the prompt service also needs to parse, validate responses into structured data and measure the quality of the inference. This is a non-trivial problem, and multiple tries are often required to ensure that the response is thorough and meets the quality bar. For instance, we found that when we pack multiple files in a single code review prompt, AI models often miss hunks within a file or miss files altogether, leading to incomplete reviews.

  • Observability: One key challenge with generative AI and prompting is that it's inherently non-deterministic. The same prompt can result in vastly different outputs, which can be frustrating, but this is precisely what makes AI systems powerful in the first place. Even slight variations in the prompt can result in vastly inferior or noisy outputs, leading to a decline in user engagement. At the same time, the underlying AI models are ever-evolving, and the established prompts drift over time as the models get regular updates. Traditional observability is of little use here, and we need to rethink how we classify and track generated output and measure quality. Again, this is a problem that we have to solve in-house.

While FluxNinja's Aperture project was limited to solving a different problem around load management and reliability, we found that the underlying technology and the team's expertise were a perfect foundation for building the AI platform. Prompt engineering is in its nascent stage but is emerging as a joystick for controlling AI behavior. Packing the context window with relevant documents (retrieval augmented generation, aka RAG) is also emerging as the preferred way of providing proprietary data compared to fine-tuning the model. Most AI labs focus on increasing the context window rather than making fine-tuning easier or cheaper. Despite the emergence of these clear trends, applied AI systems are still in their infancy. None of the recent AI vendors seem to be building the "right" platform, as most of their focus has been on background/durable execution frameworks, model routing proxies/gateways, composable RAG pipelines, and so on. Most of these approaches fall short of what a real-world AI workflow requires. The right abstractions and best practices will still have to appear, and the practitioners themselves will have to build them. AI platforms will be a differentiator for AI-first companies, and we are excited to tackle this problem head-on with a systems engineering mindset.

We are excited to have the FluxNinja team on board and to bring our users the best-in-class AI workflows. We are also happy to welcome Harjot Gill, the founder of FluxNinja, and the rest of the team to CodeRabbit.

This piece has been written by humans; it has also been reviewed and approved by humans. However, there was a touch of AI: it assisted us in correcting grammar, enhancing syntax, and improving sentence clarity. Thanks for reading!