Nowadays, multicore CPU become popular technology to enhance services quality in Web services. This paper characterizes parallel distributed XML processing which can off-load the amount of processing at their servers to networking nodes with varying number of CPU cores. Our implemented distributed XML processing system sends XML documents from a sender node to a server node through relay nodes, which process the documents before arriving at the server. When the relay nodes are connected in tandem, the XML documents are processed in a pipelining manner. When the relay nodes are connected in parallel, the XML documents are processed in a parallel fashion. For well-formedness and grammar validation tasks, the parallel processing reveals inherent advantages compared with pipeline processing regardless of document type, number of CPU cores and processing environment. Moreover, the number of CPU cores impacts efficiency of distributed XML processing via buffer access contention.