All that is left now is to hard fork the mainnet of Cardano, which will happen in around four weeks or whenever developers have had enough time to upgrade their tools.
According to Cardano developer, IOHK’s most recent update on Twitter, the eagerly awaited Vasil hard fork has been launched on the Cardano testnet, taking it one significant step closer to becoming a reality on the mainnet and promising significant performance improvements.
Stake pool operators (SPO), exchanges, and project developers are now urged to deploy their work on the testnet to ensure that integrations function properly when the mainnet receives the Vasil upgrade in around four weeks.
Vasil’s hard fork will enable faster block generation and increased scalability for Cardano’s decentralized applications (DApps) once it is finished on the mainnet. Input Output HK (IOHK), stated in the tweet thread on Sunday that in addition to performance improvements, developers would experience “much improved script performance and efficiency” and lower operating costs.
One of the primary features that developers plan to introduce in the current Basho phase of the blockchain’s development is interoperability with Cardano sidechains, and Vasil will make this functionality possible. Basho is the fourth development phase for Cardano that focuses on scaling and will be followed up with the Voltaire phase, in which governance will be the key focus.
The Vasil update will be the network’s most significant update since the Alonzo hard fork in September 2021, which enabled Cardano smart contracts and a flurry of new DeFi use cases.
The Vasil upgrade is both Cardano’s biggest and best improvement yet and their most difficult undertaking to date according to IOHK. They emphasized once more that maintaining the security and safety of this upgrade is their top concern.