Abstract—In wireless networks, the transmission rate of a link is determined by received signal strength, interference from simultaneous transmissions, and available coding-modulation schemes. Rate allocation is a key problem in wireless network design, but a very challenging problem because: (i) wireless interference is global, i.e., a transmission interferes all other simultaneous transmissions, and (ii) the rate-power relation is non-convex and non-continuous, where the discontinuity is due to limited number of coding-modulation choices in practical systems. In this paper, we propose a distributed power control and coding-modulation adaptation algorithm using annealed Gibbs sampling, which achieves throughput optimality in an arbitrary network topology. We consider a realistic Signal-to-Interference-and-Noise-Ratio (SINR) based interference model, and assume continuous power space and finite rate options (coding-modulation choices). Our algorithm first decomposes network-wide interference to local interference by properly choosing a “neighborhood ” for each transmitter and bounding the interference from non-neighbor nodes. The power update policy is then carefully designed to emulate a Gibbs sampler over a Markov chain with a continuous state space. We further exploit the technique of simulated annealing to speed up the convergence of the algorithm to the optimal power and coding-modulation configuration. Finally, simulation results demonstrate the superior performance of the proposed algorithm. I
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