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Subjectnet: phy: SMSC LAN8710/LAN8720 high load

we have noticed load issues on our AM335x boards with a LAN8710 phy while
cpu is idling using 4.4-rc8.

CPU: 0% usr 0% sys 0% nic 99% idle 0% io 0% irq 0% sirq
Load average: 1.21 1.16 1.00 1/84 372

We could track this down to the ethernet phy. And bisect the issue to the
following patch:

commit 776829de90c5972895db398993ddfa9417ff8b01
Author: Igor Plyatov <>
Date: Fri Aug 14 20:11:02 2015 +0300

net: phy: workaround for buggy cable detection by LAN8700 after cable plugging
* Due to HW bug, LAN8700 sometimes does not detect presence of energy in the
Ethernet cable in Energy Detect Power-Down mode (e.g while EDPWRDOWN bit is
set, the ENERGYON bit does not asserted sometimes). This is a common bug of
LAN87xx family of PHY chips.
* The lan87xx_read_status() was improved to acquire ENERGYON bit. Its previous
algorythm still not reliable on 100 % and sometimes skip cable plugging.

Signed-off-by: Igor Plyatov <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>

Reverting the commit helped to make the load drop down to:

09:21:01 up 32 min, load average: 0.19, 0.17, 0.14

In both cases no ethernet cable as been connected.

We also struggle with the buggy cable detection issue, but this increase of load
doesn't seem acceptable.

Can someone else with a LAN87xx also reproduce this?


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