Cardano's Vasil Hard Fork Goes Live on Testnet


-Vasil hard fork launches successfully on Cardano's test net on 3 July 2022 at 20:20 UTC. -Vasil is a scalability solution on the Cardano blockchain. -Cardano community requests four weeks to prepare for the planned Vasil Cardano upgrade on the mainnet

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On 3 July 2022 at 2020 UTC, the team behind Cardano successfully launched the Vasil upgrade on Testnet.  The dev team has referred to the Vasil update as the second most ambitious program undertaken on the protocol after integrating smart contracts. 

2nd Most Ambitious Program

In early June, Charles Hoskinson, Cardano founder, announced that the Cardano would be undergoing a hard fork dubbed ‘Vasil’ by the end of the month. Cardano integrated Smart contracts in 2021, making the update the second milestone on Cardano mainnet. Since the integration, the Cardano network has had tremendous growth.

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Developers have used Smart contracts for decentralized finance and applications and Non Fungible Tokens.  The increasing activity on Cardano brought the need for a scaling solution to avoid the scenario faced by Ethereum.  High Ethereum blockchain activity has slowed down speed and pushed transaction fees high. The update is set to mitigate challenges.

Vasil is Cardano’s scaling solution, preventing the protocol from clogging up. The Cardano network uses a Proof of Stake consensus algorithm. Validators verify each block before it’s added to the blockchain. The Cardano upgrade will also enable the interoperability of Cardano sidechains in the current Basho phase. Basho is the fourth step of development by the team that focuses on scaling Cardano.

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What's the purpose of the Vasil hard fork?

The Cardano upgrade will use Diffusion Pipelining. It enables validators to work ahead instead of waiting for all validators to approve the block. The update will enable faster transactions with low gas fees.

How will investors benefit?

Diffusion pipelining overlays some of the steps on top of each other, reducing time for block validation. . A highly competitive DeFi platform, potential price and TVL improvements are projected for investors.

Testnet testing before launch has been essential since it allowed developers to test for hidden bugs in the blockchain. The successful Testnet launch gives the Cardano team the green light to go ahead with the planned update.

The Cardano community has requested four weeks to prepare for the update. The developers have advised Stake pool operators (SPOs), project developers, and exchanges to test their products on the testnet to ensure a smooth transition for the planned mainnet hard fork.

Smooth transition to the mainnet

The recent update seemed to have impressed some investors and opened the way for more competitive DeFi platform with faster validation rate. Cardano is up 1.54% in the last 24 hours. The current CoinMarketCap ranking is #8, with a live market cap of $15,445,379,830 USD.  ADA has a circulating supply of 33,739,028,516 ADA coins and a max. supply of 45,000,000,000 ADA coins.  

Impact of the upgrade on Cardano`s price

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