store and forward


Also found in: Dictionary, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

store and forward

[′stȯr ən ′fȯr·wərd]
(communications)
A procedure in data communications in which data are stored at some point between the sender and the receiver and are later forwarded to the receiver.

store and forward

(messaging)
(Or "message switching") A kind of message passing system where a complete message is received before any of it is passed on to the next node. This means that each message is using at most one interprocessor link at any time but intermediate nodes will require more storage buffers than under the alternative, wormhole routing.

E-mail transmission is an example of store and forward message passing.

store and forward

The temporary storage of a message for transmission to its destination at a later time. Store and forward techniques allow for routing over networks that are not accessible at all times. For example, messages crossing time zones can be forwarded during daytime at the receiving side, or messages can be forwarded at night when there is less traffic. See messaging protocol.