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The SOFA consortium

The SOFA Consortium aims at gathering partners understanding they have a shared interest in improving SOFA. These partners are therefore willing to contribute to adequate staffing of the Consortium through membership fees to deliver increasingly better versions of SOFA. The SOFA Consortium is administratively hosted by the Inria Foundation, a non-profit organization.


The current missions, as established by the Executive Committee, focus on:

Develop the code of SOFA

Coordination of the developments

  • Organization of the weekly meetings and steering committees (STC)
  • Managing the technical maintenance and all contributions from the community
  • Generate and sign the official SOFA releases

Growth of the SOFA ecosystem


Interact with Consortium Members to understand their needs; collect their input for the roadmap and more generally help them get the most out of SOFA

  • Make users aware of the Consortium and encourage them
  • Organize events, thus fostering technical discussions
  • Be the central point of information from the SOFA network and foster collaborations
  • Encourage users to join the Consortium
  • Communicate and highlight research and industrial achievements
  • Disseminate SOFA as a generic physics engine
  • Promote SOFA open and closed-source technologies on the Marketplace


  • Provide charged technical support to anyone in the community
  • Provide training sessions on SOFA for new users and developers


The members of the consortium are constituted by the Inria research teams : Defrost, Hybrid, Epione, Imagine, Mimesis.

Zoom on the software platform SOFA

SOFA is an open-souce software platform fitting multi-physics simulation requirements. As a physics engine, SOFA provides to simulate physical systems, such as soft body dynamics including collision detection. Developed for more than 10 years, SOFA now includes many state-of-the-art models, solvers and algorithms to create new efficient numerical simulations.