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In this paper, the authors introduce power control as a solution to the multiple access problems in contention-based wireless ad-hoc networks. The motivation for this study is two fold, limiting multi-user interference to increase single-hop throughput, and reducing power consumption to increase battery life. They focus on next neighbor transmissions where nodes are required to send information packets to their respective receivers subject to a constraint on the signal-to-interference-and-noise ratio. The multiple access problems are solved via two alternating phases, namely scheduling and power control. The scheduling algorithm is essential to coordinate the transmissions of independent users in order to eliminate strong interference (e.g. self-interference) that can not be overcome by power control.
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