Technical committee: STC

The technical roadmap of SOFA is voted by Consortium members during the bi-annual Scientific and Technical Committee (STC). Information regarding the governance of the SOFA Consortium is available on our presentation page.


Next STC#9 will take place in Lille from the 28th to the 30th of April 2020.

Technical roadmap

Latest STC (STC#8) took place the 20-22nd November 2019 in Paris.
During this meeting, the committee voted the following roadmap:

Data Updates

  • Rollback the changes already done (Visitor solution)
  • Integrate the DataLink in BaseObject to explicit dependency between Data / Components
  • Create a first proof of concept of a DataGraph-oriented simulation on a SOFA subset
  • Test it on several use cases in research teams


  • Update or migrate example scenes
  • Be able to work with both SofaPython and SofaPython3 at the same time
    → binary version of SOFA will not be bound to a specific version of SofaPython
  • Explain clearly at release this is the last release with SofaPython
  • Remove SofaPython from SOFA repo


  • Go from alpha state to beta state: something stable and usable
  • Internal/External Javascript + API
  • Runtime stability
  • Include more people after STC#9

More projects

Besides the main roadmap tasks, a lot of projects are going to evolve in the next 6 months. Please find the details of their objectives in the STC#8 Report below.

  • User Experience
    The whole community is working on making SOFA user experience better and better.
    Here are some objectives for v20.06:
    – Improve documentation
    – Improve tutorials
    – Launch SOFA Continuous Delivery and link SOFA Package Manager to its artifacts
  • DocBrowser
    This project is held by Defrost team from Inria Lille.
    → See the DocBrowser branch for details.
    Further to SOFA dev environment update (minimal supported versions of compilers and dependencies), DocBrowser features will be integrated in runSofa.

Read the full STC#8 report

Read reports of previous STC

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