The Cardano blockchain completed the first phase of the Vasil hard fork upgrade on September 22 at 21:44 UTC.
The Vasil hard fork will deploy new Vasil features to the network without losing existing data on the old blockchain.
The developers will be able to use the new capabilities of the Plutus script from September 27.
Cardano’s developer, Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK) said on Twitter that this upgrade will “bring significant performance & capability enhancements to Cardano, from higher throughput capability via diffusion pipelining to a better developer experience with much improved script performance, efficiency & lower costs.”
The date for the upgrade was announced in early September while the “critical mass indicators” needed to trigger the hard fork were reached in the 24 hours leading up to the event.
It was just yesterday that IOHK announced that the blockchain was ready to undergo the upgrade.
The Cardano blockchain will continue to develop its Hydra head protocol, a Level-2 scaling solution which processes transactions off the Cardano blockchain whilst still using it as the security and settlement layer.