Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson assured the crypto community that progress towards the Vasil hard fork should continue smoothly, provided no further bugs are discovered.
Speaking in a video stream from a crypto conference in Santa Barbara, California, the Ethereum co-founder followed a stream two weeks ago in which he assured the Cardano community that the Vasil hard fork would not experience any further delays.
Earlier in August, Hoskinson said that the Cardano testnet was forked to run version 1.35 of the Vasil update. A testnet is a sandbox environment running updated software, used to test the behavior of decentralized applications before the new software is deployed to the main blockchain or mainnet. A hard fork is a significant update to a blockchain that makes previously valid transaction blocks invalid or vice versa.
Internal testing revealed three bugs, resulting in three new versions, of which the latest is 1.35.3. Engineers and QA companies have tested all significant changes, and some edge cases still need testing. Borderline cases are anomalies in the behavior of a system when it is subjected to conditions close to its designed operating limits. So, Hoskinson said, the chances of anything going wrong are small. Version 1.35.3 will likely be the version used for the fork, as long as no bugs are discovered.
Vasil was quite involved, says Hoskinson
Hoskinson assured the community that Cardano’s 700 employees were hard at work on the project. He added that the Vasil hard fork was quite involved because it touched on different areas like consensus and updates to the Plutus smart contract platform. Decentralized applications have already been deployed on the testnet.
Hoskinson addressed skeptics about the number of decentralized applications on Cardano, saying that a significant amount of code has been deployed. One of the challenges had been ensuring that all existing decentralized applications were compatible with the Vasil mainnet hard fork. He reminded the community that since Vasil is a hard fork, all node operators, including exchanges and all staking pool operators, must update their software to 1.35.3.
Information security is where the rubber meets the road
As for the importance of cybersecurity, he said that information security conferences are where the complexities of cryptography in cryptocurrencies are translated into practical applications. He added that at the end of August 2022, he would be at the inauguration of the new Cardano cryptocurrency and cryptography lab at Stanford University. The lab will be an incubator to learn about decentralized finance protocols, consensus, and other topics to be revealed later.
Crypto is fundamentally strong, he said.
Hoskinson’s claim that the Cardano team is hard at work on the Vasil fork is supported by most commits on the software repositories and release site GitHub in June 2022. Activity peaked shortly after The Vasil hard fork will be implemented on the testnet.
Similar commitments were made for Alonzo’s hard fork last year, introducing smart contracts to the blockchain. Vasil’s hard fork, says Hoskinson, will result in similar performance to Solana.
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