Cardano (ADA) Founder Reassures Community Vasil Hard Fork Testing Runs Smoothly


Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson assured the crypto community that progress towards the Vasil hard fork should continue without a hitch, provided no further bugs are discovered.

Speaking on 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 hard fork Vasil would not suffer any more delays.

In early August, Hoskinson said the Cardano testnet was difficult to run the 1.35 version of the Vasil upgrade. A testnet is a sandbox environment running upgraded software, used to test the behavior of decentralized applications before new software is deployed to the main blockchain or mainnet. A hard fork is a significant upgrade to a blockchain that renders previously valid transaction blocks invalid or vice versa.

Internal testing revealed three bugs, resulting in three new releases, the latest of which is 1.35.3. Engineers and QA companies have tested all significant changes, with a few edge cases still requiring testing. Edge cases are anomalies in the behavior of a system when subjected to conditions close to its designed operating limits. Therefore, Hoskinson said, the chances of anything going wrong are slim. Version 1.35.3 will probably be the version used for the fork, provided no bugs are discovered.

Vasil was very involved, says Hoskinson

Hoskinson reassured the community that all 700 Cardano employees were working hard on the project. He added that the Vasil hard fork was quite involved as it touched on different areas like consensus and upgrades of the Plutus smart contract platform. Decentralized applications have already been deployed on the testnet.

Hoskinson addressed skeptics about the number of decentralized apps on Cardano, saying a significant amount of code has been deployed. One of the challenges was ensuring that all existing decentralized applications would be compatible with the hard fork of the Vasil mainnet. He reminded the community that since Vasil is a hard fork, all node operators, including exchanges and all stake pool operators, must upgrade their software to version 1.35.3.

Information security is where the rubber meets the road

Regarding the importance of cybersecurity, he said that information security conferences are where the intricacies of cryptography in cryptocurrency are translated into practical applications. He added that at the end of August 2022, he would be at the opening of Cardano’s new cryptocurrency and crypto lab at Stanford University. The lab will be an incubator for learning more about decentralized finance protocols, consensus, and other topics that will be revealed later.

The crypto is fundamentally strong, he said.

Hoskinson’s claim that the Cardano team is hard at work on the Vasil fork is supported by the highest number of commits on the GitHub release management and software repository site in June 2022. Activity peaked shortly long after the deployment of the Vasil hard fork on the testnet.

Similar commitments were made for Alonzo’s hard fork last year, introducing smart contracts to the blockchain. The Vasil hard fork, Hoskinson says, will result in Solana-like performance.

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