Cardano developer Input Output has confirmed the expected launch of the Vasil upgrade to be Sept. 22, following "extensive testing" of all core components.
Ahead of the much-anticipated upgrade, Cardano analytics platform Cexplorer shares key dates for users to note. First, on Sept. 19, the mainnet update proposal is expected to be submitted to trigger the hard fork event on Sept. 22.
Vasil key dates:— 🅰 Cexplorer.io || Cardano Explorer (@cexplorer_io) September 14, 2022
-September 19th - Mainnet update proposal needs to be submitted by this date to trigger HFC event on 22nd
-September 22nd - Mainnet HFC event (era transitions from Alonzo -> Babbage)
-September 27th - Plutus V2 Cost Model available on Mainnet#CardanoVasil
Sept. 22 will also Usher in an era transition from Alonzo to Babbage.
As reported by U.Today, it may take five days for Vasil's capability to be available on the mainnet. IOG states that Vasil capability will become available at the start of epoch 366 on Sept. 27. The Plutus V2 Cost Model will also be available on the mainnet on this date.
In the recent IOG report on ecosystem readiness, 97% of mainnet blocks have already been created by Vasil node candidate 1.35.3, which indicates that the "node readiness" metric has already been met. Also, seven of the top twelve exchanges by liquidity, namely Binance, Upbit, MEXC, Bitrue, AAX, WhiteBIT and BKEX, have indicated Vasil readiness.
Coinbase and three other exchanges in the top twelve are currently updating their nodes. Eleven other exchanges have indicated Vasil readiness, while several others are in the process of updating their nodes. Six of the top ten Cardano dApps have reached the "tested" status in preproduction, while others remain "in testing."
Cardano celebrates first anniversary of Alonzo
Cardano has celebrated the first anniversary of the Alonzo upgrade, which went live on the mainnet at 9:47 p.m. UTC on Sept. 12.
The upgrade that brought Plutus smart contract capabilities to the Cardano mainnet enabled a host of new use cases for decentralized applications (dApps), decentralized exchanges (DEXes) and decentralized finance (DeFi) solutions.
Since the Alonzo HFC event took place, Cardano has seen more than 3,000 Plutus scripts (smart contracts) added. It also mentioned that "nearly 30% of transaction types utilize smart contracts and volume continues to increase."
As reported by U.Today, Cardano has seen an over fivefold increase in the number of projects building on the network since 2022.
Cardano will also be celebrating its fifth anniversary, as announced by IOG.