Ayla is a free, open source visualization tool for researchers in biochemistry, molecular dynamics, and protein folding. It is cross-platform, running on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux systems.

Ayla features a rich visual analytics environment in which many researchers can work together. A storyboard metaphor is used to organize interesting events in the data.


The latest version of Ayla is 0.1.1. Binaries are available for download here. Source code and documentation are freely available at the Ayla Github repository.

Ayla is written in Scala and requires Java SE 6+ and Java 3D 1.5.1.


Please see the Ayla Github repository for information on getting started and for additional documentation.


A collaborative visual analytics suite for protein folding research. W. Harvey, I. Park, O. Rübel, V. Pascucci, P-T. Bremer, C. Li, and Y. Wang. Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling (JMG), 53, 59-71, 2014.


Ayla is under active development by Dr. William Harvey and Dr. Yusu Wang of The Ohio State University. If you are interested in using Ayla for your research, or for any questions, please contact William via email (harveywi at cse dot ohio-state dot edu).

Copyright © 2012-2014 William Harvey