About Us

TMT and Lytic are maintained by the Electro- Optical Systems Lab at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. GTRI is the applied research arm of Georgia Tech. The product lead is Edward Clarkson, and Greg Rohling leads the branch that maintains Lytic and TMT.

GTRI, TMT and Lytic are 100% funded by external sponsors. For more information about TMT or Lytic and/or sponsorship of new capabilities, please .


End User License Agreement

By downloading and/or utilizing this Program, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this license. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions set forth below, do not use TMT or Lytic, or any portion therof in any form or manner.

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ProductDistributionOSArch.Release Date
TMTBinary RPMRHEL 664 bit-
TMTSource RPMn/an/a-
LyticBinary RPMRHEL 664 bit-
Lytic (BETA)App Bundle ArchiveOS/X64 bitThursday, 04-Jun-2015 15:30:48 EDT
LyticBinary ArchiveWindows 764 bitSunday, 22-Nov-2015 23:53:43 EST
LyticSource Archiven/an/a-

Release and Installation Notes

All software should be used at your own risk!





To install and use, unzip the archive to any location; run lytic.exe in the extracted folder.


The archive should auto-extract in your downloads folder; run the application from there or copy it to your applications folder. NOTE: the current beta version is NOT signed, so it will likely be blocked from running the first time. After it is blocked, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy pane and click the "open anyway" button (you'll have to repeat this process every time you download a new version).


Frequently Asked Questions

How is Lytic related to TMT?
Lytic is a standalone version of the TMT data analysis component, with a front end that ingests CSV (character separated value) files rather than TMT matrix data. They otherwise share the same code base, so improvements to one (e.g., improved visualization or performance) are shared by both.
Is Lytic Open Source? Can I get the source code?
We are currently evaluating the possibility of making Lytic open source. However, we do not have the necessary permissions (internal, government, sponsor) at this time.
What are Lytic's licensing terms?
As with the open source question, we are currently evaluating current and future licensing terms. Our preference is to maintain a free/community version with the potential of a paid "Pro" version with additional capabilities/features. Cost, of course, is TBD. Until then, enjoy the free public version.
What is Lytic's export classification status?
Lytic has been given an Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) of EAR99 by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and is not subject to ITAR/U.S. Munitions List restrictions per the U.S. Dept. of State.

What is it?

Lytic screenshot
Lytic screenshot (click to enlarge).

Lytic is a freely-available tool for exporatory data analyis. It is a spinoff of the Test Matrix Tool and thus was originally developed for analyzing large simulation datasets. We call it a scientific intelligence tool: similar to business intelligence tool, it provides insight into scientific data through visualization and filtering.

We have used it as both a production tool for engineering analysis efforts in EOSL and as a research platform with collaborators in the Georgia Tech School of Computational Science and Engineering (see our paper at the SIGKDD IDEA 2013 workshop).

What good is it?

Common data exploration activities include visualization, filtering and comparison. Lytic's core design is centered around making these things as easy as possible, which in turn makes iterative discovery and hypothesis testing more pleasurable and productive. We have found Lytic to be useful in a variety of sponsored and unsponsored contexts:

How does it work?

Lytic ingests CSV data and caches it in an SQL database in a manner conducive to OLAP-style querying. It dynamically creates UI elements from the characteristics of the data themselves, and optimizes user data requests (visualization, filtering, etc.) to maximize UI update speed.

The UI has been designed with a particular focus on ease of end-user operation, so that obvious semantic operations on data (filtering, comparisons, mapping to simple visualizations) are straightforward.

The database cache can be either an embedded sqlite or more recently a column-store MonetDB database; the latter improves UI responsiveness dramatically for larger dataset sizes.

TMT Analysis component screenshot