12. Distributed Processing
Distributed processing harnesses the collective encoding power of two or more computers on the same LAN (local area network)—sometimes referred to as a render farm. By spreading the encoding load across multiple computers, you can reduce processing time compared with using a single computer shouldering the entire job by itself.
Before attempting any of the steps in this lesson, familiarize yourself with the Distributed Processing Setup PDF that installs with Compressor (Help > Distributed Processing Setup). Distributed processing works best in robust hardware environments where the media is centralized on XSAN-controlled RAIDs and the computers are connected via a high-speed fiber channel network.