Quantum Cloud Services (QCS) is Rigetti’s quantum-first cloud computing platform. With QCS, our quantum processors (QPUs) are tightly integrated with classical computing infrastructure and made available to you over the cloud.
The Forest SDK is a set of software tools that allows you to write quantum programs in Quil, then compile and run them via QCS or a simulator.
The SDK is comprised of the following:
pyQuil: A Python library for building and executing Quil programs
quilc: An optimizing Quil compiler
QVM: A quantum virtual machine (quantum computer simulator)
You can try out the Forest SDK against a QVM with zero setup, thanks to our Binder tutorial!
When you're ready, continue on to learn how to start using QCS and the Forest SDK.