Cyrus Proctor

Cyrus Proctor

Research Associate

HPC Performance & Architectures Group

Cyrus joined as a Research Associate in the Performance & Architecture Group at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) in 2014. Currently, he focuses on software package design best practices, multi-factor authentication infrastructure, code optimization and parallelization techniques, and system performance analysis and monitoring frameworks. Prior to his contributions at TACC, Cyrus worked as a research assistant professor of nuclear engineering at the University of South Carolina and as a postdoctoral fellow at his alma mater, North Carolina State University. His research interests have centered on the verification and validation of large-scale radiation transport computational models. His experience brings together a unique nuclear focus with a blend of engineering, computer science, physics, and applied mathematics. Code development of complex physical systems, and running them efficiently at scale, has been an integral part of his education and career for over a decade.

Research Interests

Software Package Design Best Practices

Multi-factor Authentication Infrastructure

Code Optimization and Parallelization Techniques

Performance Analysis and Monitoring Frameworks

Workload Management Optimization

Automated Information Aggregation Services

Professional Activities/Memberships

International Student Cluster Competition Advisor

OpenHPC Technical Steering Committee Member

Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group Member

Selected Publications

W. Cyrus Proctor, Patrick Storm, Matthew R. Hanlon, and Nathaniel Mendoza. 2017. "Securing HPC: Development of a Low Cost, Open Source Multi-factor Authentication Infrastructure". InProceedings of SC17, Denver, CO, USA, November 12-17, 2017, 11 pages

Joseph Voss, Joe A. Garcia, W. Cyrus Proctor, and R. Todd Evans. "Automated System Health and Performance Benchmarking Platform: High Performance Computing Test Harness with Jenkins". In Proceedings of SC17, HPCSYSPROS'17, November 12-17, 2017, Denver, CO, USA, 8 pages

W. C Proctor, D Gignac, R McLay, S Liu, D James, T Minyard, and D Stanzione. "Lonestar 5: Customizing the Cray XC40 Software Environment". In Proceedings of the 59th Cray Users Group Meeting. CUG, 2016

Todd Evans, Antonio Gomez-Iglesias, and W. Cyrus Proctor, "PyTACC: HPC Python at the Texas Advanced Computing Center". Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Python for High-Performance and Scientific Computing, ACM, 2015

W. Cyrus Proctor and J. Michael Doster. "Reactor Loose Part Damage Assessments on Steam Generator Tube Sheets". Nuclear Technology, 179(3):339–359, 2012

W. Cyrus Proctor, R. Todd Evans, and Dan G. Cacuci. "Best-Estimate Model Calibration through First-Order Experimental Data Assimilation with Applications to Neutron Transport via Denovo". Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 106:884–887, June 2012

Laura P. Swiler, Brian M. Adams, Michael S. Eldred, and W. Cyrus Proctor. "Global Sensitivity Analysis". Technical report, Sandia National Laboratories, 2010


Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in Nuclear Engineering
North Carolina State University

B.S. in Physics
North Carolina State University