Signal-to-interference-based power control for wireless networks: A survey, 1992-2005

S. Koskie, Zoran Gajic

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This paper summarizes and explains the main results on signal-to- interference (SIR) based power control algorithms, which are used to increase network capacity, extend battery life, and improve quality of service in cellular wireless radio systems. The classic works of Aein, Meyerhoff, and Nettleton and Alavi attracted considerable attention in the nineties. The modern approach to the power balancing control problem in wireless networks, formulated by Zander in 1992, matured in the papers of Foschini and Yates and their coworkers in the latter part of the nineties. However, the field is still wide open for research as is indicated by the increasing number of papers published in the area each year. The most recent approaches to solving the mobile power distribution problem in wireless networks use Kalman filters, dynamic estimators, and noncooperative Nash game theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-220
Number of pages34
JournalDynamics of Continuous, Discrete and Impulsive Systems Series B: Applications and Algorithms
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 28 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Applied Mathematics


  • Deterministic power control
  • Power control
  • SIR-based power control
  • Stochastic power control
  • Wireless communications

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