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Stochastic Power Control for Time-Varying Long-Term Fading Wireless Networks

  • Mohammed M. Olama1Email author,
  • Seddik M. Djouadi1 and
  • Charalambos D. Charalambous2
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20062006:089864

Received: 1 June 2005

Accepted: 7 April 2006

Published: 29 June 2006


A new time-varying (TV) long-term fading (LTF) channel model which captures both the space and time variations of wireless systems is developed. The proposed TV LTF model is based on a stochastic differential equation driven by Brownian motion. This model is more realistic than the static models usually encountered in the literature. It allows viewing the wireless channel as a dynamical system, thus enabling well-developed tools of adaptive and nonadaptive estimation and identification techniques to be applied to this class of problems. In contrast with the traditional models, the statistics of the proposed model are shown to be TV, but converge in steady state to their static counterparts. Moreover, optimal power control algorithms (PCAs) based on the new model are proposed. A centralized PCA is shown to reduce to a simple linear programming problem if predictable power control strategies (PPCS) are used. In addition, an iterative distributed stochastic PCA is used to solve for the optimization problem using stochastic approximations. The latter solely requires each mobile to know its received signal-to-interference ratio. Generalizations of the power control problem based on convex optimization techniques are provided if PPCS are not assumed. Numerical results show that there are potentially large gains to be achieved by using TV stochastic models, and the distributed stochastic PCA provides better power stability and consumption than the distributed deterministic PCA.


Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tennessee
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Cyprus


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