Apps Script is inherently synchronous - you cant do lots of things at once. Primarily to get round the execution limit, I did a science project using triggers for parallel processing but the triggers are fairly unpredictable in when they get round to executing.
The answer is YES and YES and YES!
Here's a quick 15 second video of simple map/reduce exercise of 3 map tasks in parallel followed by a reduce of the results.
Here's what a completed progress sidebar looks like. Note that each task shows how long it took to complete - This example shows that we got 23 seconds of compute time done in 10 seconds through parallel running. All the bars are green so nothing failed. You'll notice the bars changing colors at different stages of execution.
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