Quantum Cloud Services is Rigetti’s quantum-first cloud computing platform. With QCS, our quantum processors are tightly integrated with classical computing infrastructure and made available to you over the cloud.
Once signed up for Quantum Cloud Services, you’ll receive a dedicated Quantum Machine Image (QMI). QMIs are virtualized programming and execution environments designed to develop and run quantum software applications. Each QMI is co-located with our quantum infrastructure, allowing you to execute programs with the lowest latency and fastest performance.
QCS provides access to the latest Rigetti's quantum processing units (QPU). To view the currently available QPUs, use the QCS dashboard or command-line interface. You can reserve a device at a scheduled time of your choice. When your reservation begins, you can log in to manually execute programs or you can simply queue programs to automatically run at start time.
The Quantum Virtual Machine (QVM) is a quantum simulator and an implementation of the Quantum Abstract Machine from A Practical Quantum Instruction Set Architecture. The QVM is generally used to develop and test hybrid quantum-classical programs prior to running them on the QPU. Please refer to the Forest™ SDK Documentation for a more detailed reference on the QVM. Download the latest version of the Forest™ SDK here.