Max speed of parllel port

Whats the maximum speed for parllel port communication
I wrote a program something like this ( algoriuthm below)

Record the time
Write to parllel port 5000000 times 12
Record time

The program takes 11sec. Is that some what slow. I am getting the speed only as around 1Mhz. Also i am implementing the above using c. Is it the c overheads like increment of counter in for loop and stuff thats making it slow?
Should i switch to assembly for faster speed?
harisnshawAsked:
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jhanceCommented:
That's about the limit, 1M Byte/sec.  In fact, that is better than most.  Many PCs won't handshake data at the serial port much faster than 500 KB/s or so...

Going to assembly will not help much if at all because most of the delay is in the overhead for the parallel port and the slowness of the legacy I/O port hardware that implements the parallel port.  If you were to watch your code on a hardware analyzer, you'd see that 99% of the time is spent waiting on the hardware.  So you can optimize your code all day and at best improve the 1% to 0.5%.  In other words, it's a "drop in the ocean".
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