The Cardano blockchain’s hard fork upgrade, Vasil, is scheduled for mainnet on Sept. 22, according to Cardano developer and operator Input Output Global’s (IOG) Twitter announcement over the weekend.

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Fast facts

  • “Vasil is the most significant Cardano upgrade to date, bringing increased network capacity and lower cost transactions,” Input Output posted on its Twitter thread.
  • The upgrade will also bring enhancements to Plutus, Cardano’s smart contract platform, to enable developers to create more powerful and efficient blockchain-based applications, according to IOG.
  • The upgrade has been pushed back several times, citing software bugs and testing.
  • IOG said the rollout follows the successful completion and extensive testing of all core components, along with confirmed community readiness.
  • A hard fork is a permanent update to a blockchain protocol that makes the new network backward-incompatible with previous blocks, often used to add or fix features of a blockchain.
  • Cardano’s ADA token price rose 2.25% in the past 24 hours and 15.30% in the last seven days in Monday morning Asia time.

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