Remove the processing and replace it with just a print DATAOUT $line;. Time this. See how much time is actually spent in the processing part of this. I would guess that the largest part of your time is spent doing I/O, especially if $infile and $outfile are on the same data path (controller, disk, ...).
Once you show that a significant portion of time is spent in the processing, and that splitting the work will help, _then_ perhaps you _might_ gain value from splitting the processing apart into multiple workers. Personally, I would guess from experience that you will get better performance gains by putting your input and output files on different data paths.
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