marshalling

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marshalling

(communications)
(US -ll- or -l-) The process of packing one or more items of data into a message buffer, prior to transmitting that message buffer over a communication channel. The packing process not only collects together values which may be stored in non-consecutive memory locations but also converts data of different types into a standard representation agreed with the recipient of the message.

data marshalling

To prepare data for processing or for transport over a network. Data marshalling may collect data from a single source or from multiple sources, but then performs the necessary conversion to a common format for processing or for transmission. See marshal.

marshal

An English word that means to arrange into a particular order as a means of preparation. See data marshalling.