PyQuil is a Python library for writing and running quantum programs using Quil.
The Rigetti Forest Software Development Kit includes pyQuil, the Rigetti Quil Compiler (quilc), and the Quantum Virtual Machine (qvm).
Longtime users of Rigetti Forest will notice a few changes. First, the SDK now contains a downloadable compiler and a QVM. Second, the SDK contains pyQuil 2.0, with significant updates to previous versions. As a result, programs written using previous versions of the Forest toolkit will need to be updated to pyQuil 2.0 to be compatible with the QVM or compiler.
Quantum Cloud Services will provide users with a dedicated Quantum Machine Image, which will come prepackaged with the Forest SDK. We’re releasing a Preview to the Forest SDK now, so current users can begin migrating code (and share feedback with us early and often!). Longtime Forest users should start with the Migration Guide which outlines key changes in this SDK Preview release.