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Is it possible to run a standalone PyQGIS script using multiprocessing for better performance?

I'm creating 1,800 rendered map images and would like to run it across 4 processes to speed it up.

If I try to instantiate 4 QgsApplication objects using the following code (one in each process) - they fail silently (i.e. nothing happens and no CPU/hard drive/memory is being used).

QgsApplication.setPrefixPath("/Applications/QGIS3.8.app/Contents/MacOS", True)
app = QgsApplication([], False)
app.initQgis()

If I instantiate it once and then run the 4 processes - I get a "QgsApplication couldn't be pickled" error.

The code uses Python's multiprocessing module to create the parallel processes; using pool.imap_unordered

I'm using QGIS 3.8.2 and Python 3.7.3 on a Mac with MacOS 10.14.6 (Mojave).

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