The positive results of the long-awaited and successful Vasil hardfork on the Cardano blockchain didn’t take so long to be seen. Less than two weeks after the full Vasil upgrade features were deployed on the network, a significant increase in the number of smart contracts (Plutus Scripts) and Timelock Scripts on the Cardano blockchain was seen.
Recall that the Vasil Hardfork Combinator Event (HFC) was executed on September 22. However, the full Vasil upgrade features that have made the chain to be more scalable, less expensive to use, and highly functional were deployed on September 27 alongside the release of a new Plutus cost model (V2).
In addition, the Vasil upgrade brought new capabilities to the chain like node & CLI support for reference inputs, inline datums, and reference scripts.
A lot of improvements have been evidenced on the Cardano blockchain as a result of this strategic upgrade, especially in the aspect of new Plutus Scripts. Plutus is the smart contract platform of the Cardano blockchain which allows all programming on the blockchain to be done on one Haskell library. Also, Plutus allows developers to write applications that interact with the Cardano blockchain.
As of September 22 when the Vasil hardfork was executed, the number of real Plutus-based smart contracts or Plutus Scripts on the Cardano blockchain was 3,292. As an effect of the Vasil upgrade, there has been an increase in the number of Plutus Scripts to the tune of 100.
As of October 7, data showed that the number of real Plutus-based smart contracts on the Charles Hoskinson-founded blockchain has grown to 3,392 in just about 15 days.
Accordingly, the number of Timelock Scripts used for Cardano non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has increased dramatically in the same day frame. As of September 22, Timelock Scripts had a total of 67,387 but at the time of writing, this Token Locking Scripts typically used for NFTs has grown to 69,272 in number.
It is worth noting that the Plutus Scripts were first introduced during the Alonzo Hardfork Combinator event while the Timelock Scripts or token-locking scripts were first rolled out as part of the Allegra hardfork. The Vasil hardfork, however, introduced an improved and efficient Plutus cost model known as Plutus V2.