Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson assured the crypto community that progress towards the Vasil hard fork should continue without issue, provided no more bugs are discovered.
Speaking on a video stream from a cryptographer conference in Santa Barbara, California, the Ethereum co-founder followed up a stream two weeks ago where he assured the Cardano community that the Vasil hard fork would not experience further delays.
In early August, Hoskinson said the Cardano testnet was hard-wired to run version 1.35 of the Vasil upgrade. A testnet is a sandbox environment running upgraded software, used to test the behavior of decentralized applications before the new software is deployed on the main blockchain or mainnet. A hard fork is a significant upgrade to a blockchain that renders previously valid blocks of transactions invalid or vice versa.
Internal testing revealed three bugs, resulting in three new versions, the latest of which is 1.35.3. Engineers and quality assurance firms have tested all significant changes, with a few edge cases still needing testing. Edge cases are irregularities 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 likely be the version used for the fork, assuming 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 such as consensus and upgrades to the Plutus smart contract platform. Decentralized applications have already been deployed on the testnet.
Addressing those skeptical of the number of decentralized applications on Cardano, Hoskinson said a significant amount of code has been deployed. One of the challenges had been to ensure that all existing decentralized applications would be compatible with the Vasil mainnet hard fork. He reminded the community that, with Vasil as a hard fork, all node operators, including exchanges and all stake pool operators, must upgrade their software to 1.35.3.
Information security is where the rubber meets the road
Regarding the importance of cyber security, he said that information security conferences are where the complexities of cryptography in cryptocurrency are translated into practical applications. He added that in late August 2022, he would be at the opening of Cardano’s new cryptocurrency and cryptography lab at Stanford University. The lab will be an incubator for learning about decentralized financial protocols, consensus and other topics that will 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 the majority of commits on the software version and repository page GitHub in June 2022. Activity peaked shortly after the Vasil hard fork was distributed on the testnet.
Similar commitments were made for the Alonzo hard fork last year, introducing smart contracts to the blockchain. The Vasil hard fork, says Hoskinson, will result in Solana-like performance.
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