We present a direct numerical simulation (DNS) version of the Von Karman flow, forced by two rotating impellers. The cylinder geometry and the rotating objects are modelled via a penalization method and implemented in a massive parallel pseudo-spectral Navier–Stokes solver. First, we present our hydrodynamic simulations and compare with a set of well documented water experiments. Secondly, we include the magnetic induction equation inside the fluid and solid system in order the study the dynamo effect. We will present several common features with the VKS dynamo experimental campaigns, as the observed magnetic mode (m=0) and the variation with the magnetic permeability. The magnetic and current behaviors near and inside the impellers will be detailled. Dynamic behaviors along the saturation regime will conclude this talk.