Numerical simulation is of major concern in industrial design and manufacturing processes, completing or replacing expensive, effort-prone and lengthy prototypes and field tests. The fluid mechanics laboratory of Ecole Centrale Nantes (ECN) has been developing Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solvers of highest academic level for more than 30 years.

In 2007, Erwan Jacquin and the ECN created HydrOcean with the objective to industrialize and distribute software developed in research labs, and to transform academic leadership into industrial leadership. In order to reach this goal and sustain the significant investments and efforts, HydrOcean developed a profitable services business in the marine and offshore markets.

In 2015, Bureau Veritas Group acquired HydrOcean’s services business and integrated the business and its employees to their Marine & Offshore branch, in order to address international markets and finance research at ECN through an industrial Research Chair. In 2018, HydrOcean and Tecnitas merged into a single legal entity named Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore, part of Bureau Veritas Group.

Nextflow Software spun off from the HydrOcean acquisition and was founded in 2015 by Erwan Jacquin and ECN as a privately-held Independent Software Vendor (ISV) startup, headquartered in Nantes, France.

Nextflow Software develops and sells advanced Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) software in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

Nextflow Software co-owns and co-develops with ECN labs the Intellectual Property (IP) of numerous innovative solvers, and develops its own IP adding value around these solvers.

Thanks to its talented team of researchers and engineers, and based on more than 10 years of close partnership with leading academic research laboratories from Ecole Centrale Nantes (ECN) and other universities, Nextflow Software is pushing the limits of simulation with next-generation CFD software.

Our vision: advancing fluid dynamics simulation

Nextflow Software aims at becoming a leading contributor to the revolution of computational physics. Nextflow strives to break current numerical simulation limits by integrating leading-edge scientific research into world-class software products. Nextflow products offer unprecedented simulation capabilities that enable customers across industries to design safer and more competitive products in reduced time and cost.

Our mission: developing next-generation CFD software

Nextflow Software provides an innovative and industrial-grade software platform supporting state-of-the-art Computer-Aided Design (CAD) formats. The Nextflow platform allows engineers to perform accurate and quick Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations on simplest to most complex systems. The fully-integrated simulation and analysis workflow enables Nextflow users to shorten their engineering cycles and optimize their designs.

Our value proposition


Our products allow our customers to benefit from the latest CFD technologies continuously improved by our team of experts. Our close connection with the research community enables our customers to achieve results that exceed their expectations. Solvers and tools can be extended or coupled to address specific problems.


The business orientation and industrial quality of our products eases setting-up and running simulations, improving user satisfaction. We guarantee the reliability and relevance of the computations, shortening time-to-results for our customers.


Our customer service team is focused on problem solving: our engineers qualify customers’ requirements and propose steps to find the right solution. We assist customers throughout their project by providing a high level of personalized technical support to achieve project success.


Our licensing model adjusts to your computing capacities, and our solver licenses cover a wide range of physical phenomena. Whatever your project, application and computation goals, we make ultimate CFD affordable to all.

Our team

Today, Nextflow Software employs a talented team made of CFD experts (coming from HydrOcean, ECN or other labs and prestigious universities), software engineers and HPC experts, product and field engineers, and seasoned managers and executives.


Vincent Perrier

Vincent Perrier


Florence Martin

Florence Martin