The developers responsible have decided to push back Cardano’s Vasil Upgrade rollout by a few weeks.
Kevin Hammond, technical manager at Input Output (IOG), the Cardano development lab in charge of deploying the upgrade across the network, has released a statement to that effect. In his words, “There could be a few more weeks from where we are before we go to the actual Vasil hard fork.”
What is the Vasil Upgrade supposed to do?
The upgrade is supposed to make the Cardano ecosystem more scalable. The fork-like upgrade will be backward-incompatible—meaning, there will be a permanent change in transaction validation and block production strategy.
Why is the upgrade getting delayed?
Initially scheduled to roll out on 29 June 2022, Vasil encountered seven bugs during the testing phase. The bugs meant that the upgrade required additional testing—which is why the official release date was pushed.
The team is currently testing the Vasil upgrade for “inevitable issues” and planning fixes. Hammond believes that extensive testing is required and adds: “All users have to be ready to progress through the hard fork to ensure the smooth process, both for them and end users of the Cardano blockchain.”
Do we have a final date
For now, there is no clarity on the final date of release. While IOG is taking the “a few more weeks” line, the ultimate decision will need to be taken after consulting Cardano’s decentralized app (dApp) development community.
Until that happens, expect the ecosystem to go hard on identifying critical issues, initiating extensive benchmarking tests, and informing the development community to test all the dApps on the testnet.